Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Executive Positions Subject to Senate Confirmation

The Senate passed S. 679, the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 by a vote of 79 – 20. Along with reducing the number of minor positions in executive agencies and departments subject to Senate approval, it also sets up a commission to create a standardized vetting process for all Presidential appointees.

The following 20 Senators Ayotte (R-NH),Boozman (R-AR), Burr (R-NC), Chambliss (R-GA), Coats (R-IN), Coburn (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID), DeMint (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Heller (R-NV), Inhofe (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), Johnson (R-WI), Lee (R-UT), Moran (R-KS), Paul (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Rubio (R-FL), Vitter (R-LA), voted against the bill primarily because two amendments to it were voted down. S.A.510, rejected by a vote of 41-57, would have retained the position of the Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics subject to Senate confirmation. S.A.499, rejected by a vote of 41 – 57, would have made the positions of White House Czars subject to Senate confirmation, and prohibit funds for salaries and expenses to them.

The measure now proceeds to the House for ratification.

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