Broadcasting Board of Governors confirmations this week? (updated)

Posted: 22 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
Heritage Foundation, 16 Apr 2010, Helle Dale: "[T]he Obama administration has dragged its feet when it came to installing new members of the BBG. For the past year, the board has been functioning at only half capacity, with board members whose three year terms had expired, and without a new chairman. This despite the fact that U.S. international broadcasting has an operating budget of $1.1 billion and is a critically important part of U.S. public diplomacy in many areas of the world. This week most of the new board was finally voted out of committee, under the chairmanship of Walter Isaacson, formerly of Time magazine and CNN. By unanimous vote, the committee voted out Dennis Mulhaupt, Victor H. Ashe, Michael Lynton, S. Enders Wimbush and Sue McCue, the latter being Harry Reid’s former chief of staff. Two nominees are still pending: Democrat Michael Meehan, who made news while working on the campaign of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley by shoving a reporter from the Weekly Standard, and former White House spokesman Republican Dana Perino, who is being held in a Democrat-Republican tit-for-tat." -- A Senate floor vote on the six BBG members was scheduled for last Thursday, 15 April. Other business interceded, so the vote is postponed to this week. Maybe.
     Update: On 20 April, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) asked unanimous consent to take up and confirm en bloc nominations of 60 Obama nominations to State, DoD, and judicial positions. Among these: six members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Assistant Secretary of State Judith Ann Stewart Stock. Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), on behalf of the Republican caucus, objected. (See page from Congressional Record.) Senator Kyl explained his objections: "Some of these nominees are subject to discussion between the two leaders, working out time agreements for their consideration—at least some of the court nominees. ... I would say that I have no secret holds on anyone, so this is not on my own behalf. But in order to preserve the deliberation between the two leaders, on behalf of the minority I would object." See previous post about same subject.