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05 Feb

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GOP Senator Shelby Blocks ALL Obama Nominations Over Alabama Earmarks

Sen. Richard Shelby’s (R-Ala.) decision to place a “blanket hold” on all presidential nominations until a pair of billion-dollar earmarks for his home state are fast-tracked has reignited the debate over the parliamentary tactics being deployed by the Republican Party. It also has thrust into the spotlight the clout that major defense contractors often yield on the political process.

On Thursday evening, news broke that the Alabama Republican has taken the extraordinary measure of holding up at least 70 “nominations on the Senate calendar” — essentially threatening to filibuster the confirmation processes if they came to a vote. The move has spurred a series of recriminations from Democratic officials who see it as yet another instance of over-the-top obstructionism of the president’s agenda.

It also has turned inquisitive eyes towards Shelby himself.**************************

Shelby

White House Outraged .. Earmarks Turn Spotlight On Shelby’s Defense Contractor Ties

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Spanish premier Jose-Luis Zapatero, left, and Herman van Rompuy

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