(WASHINGTON) – President Obama said he intends to fill six key administrative posts by recess appointment, according to the White House.
The president said he intends to appoint the following nominees while the Senate is in recess:
* William J. Boarman, nominee for Public Printer of the United States
* Matthew J. Bryza, nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan
* James M. Cole, nominee for Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice
* Norman L. Eisen, nominee for Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Department of State
* Robert Stephen Ford, nominee for Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic, Department of State
* Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, Department of State
The appointments of the six nominees have been pending before the Senate for an average of 147 days, or almost five months.
Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., released a statement regarding the delay in Senate debate over the nomination of James Cole.
“I have no question that Jim Cole is highly qualified to fill this vital law enforcement post,” Leahy said. “The delays in considering his nomination were unnecessary and wrong. I am glad that he will now finally begin this important work to protect the American people.”
The U.S. Constitution requires senior administrative officers be confirmed by the Senate. During a recess, however, the president can make appointments without Senate approval.
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