BBG confirmations in March?

Posted: 19 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"It's slow going in this town even for nonpaying, part-time jobs. Take for example the confirmations of eight members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the folks who oversee U.S. international radio and television programs. Many months in the making, the slate of four Republicans and four Democrats -- the secretary of state's designee breaks any ties -- was announced three months ago. The skids were greased for confirmation without even so much as a hearing. But nothing happened before the Senate recess. There was word of a glitch with some of the nominees, but we're told that's not the case, just normal checks at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Now they're talking confirmations in March." Al Kamen, Washington Post, 17 February 2010. Not "nonpaying": there is some remuneration for BBG members. And I don't think the secretary of state's ex officio vote is strictly for tie-breaking. See previous post about same subject.
     Walter Isaacson, nominated for the chairmanship of the BBG, will write an authorized biogrpahy of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Kevin Bloom, The Daily Maverick (Johannesburg), 18 February 2010.