Friday, February 05, 2010

Shelby then... Shelby now...

Sen. Richard Shelby, (R-AL) has put a personal hold on 70 of President Obama's nominees. It appears he is concerned Mobile, Alabama isn't getting a defense contract soon enough. But, honesty and consistency doesn't seem to be his strong suit.

In 2005, with a Republican President and Senate Majority:

"As a U.S. Senator, I believe that the review of judicial nominations is one of the most important responsibilities of the Senate, and I firmly believe that each of the President's nominees should be afforded a straight up-or-down vote. I do not think that any of us want to operate in an environment where federal judicial nominees must receive 60 votes in order to be confirmed. To that end I firmly support changing the Senate rules to require that a simple majority be necessary to confirm all judicial nominees, thus ending the continuous filibuster of them."

Yesterday, with a Democratic President and Senate Majority:

"Sen. Shelby has placed holds on several pending nominees due to unaddressed national security concerns," Shelby spokesperson Jonathan Graffeo said in a statement. "Among his concerns" are the progress on multi-billion dollar defense contract that would see planes built in Mobile, AL and Obama's decision to scrap a $45 million FBI improvised explosive device lab Shelby secured an earmark for in 2008. The Obama Administration wants to read terrorists our Miranda rights and try them in U.S. courts but is impeding the processing of evidence that could lead to convictions," he said. "If this administration were as worried about hunting down terrorists as it is about the confirmation of low-level political nominations, America would be a safer place."


h/t to Turnow for pointing The Whirlpool to this story.

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