Senators have reached a tentative deal to avert the “nuclear option” on filibuster rules.
Under the proposal, which the White House has not yet agreed to, President Barack Obama would pull two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board – Sharon Block and Richard Griffin – and replace them with two nominees who could receive Senate votes quickly.
Votes on the other five nominees would be allowed to go forward – including those of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Gina McCarthy as EPA administrator and Thomas Perez as Labor secretary.
Cordray’s nomination got 71 votes to move forward, which doesn’t mean that he’s confirmed, but that debate on his confirmation will be ended after 8 hours of debate, and then they will vote on his confirmation.
This is the compromise that I told you about about 4 hours ago here, replacing the two NLRB nominees who were illegally appointed and replacing them with two new ones, who, if Obama is operating true to form will be even worse than these two.
Speaking of worse, there could be no one worse to hold any Cabinet post with the possible exception of Eric Holder, but it’s a very close call. As many of you know, Thomas Perez is a radical left-wing ideologue who enthusiastically agrees with both Barack Obama and Eric Holder that racist Amerika deserves a lot more payback, and he’s not above using any means necessary to get it. As Josh Robbins at Heritage notes in an excellent piece, “10 Reasons Not to Confirm Thomas Perez as the Next Secretary of Labor:”
5. Perez engaged in an ethically questionable quid pro quo with two cases involving the St. Paul, Minnesota. The City of St. Paul was sued by the landlords of low income housing, arguing that the city’s attempt to enforce its building codes and improve the horrendous living conditions for those low income tenants had a “disparate impact” on minorities. At the same time, the federal government had two potential claims under the False Claims Act against St. Paul and stood to recoup up to $200 million in taxpayer money. Perez agreed to drop the False Claims Act claims (involving the return of millions in taxpayer money) in exchange for the city abandoning their effort to have the Supreme Court throw out the disparate impact suit even though the government was not even a party in the suit. Perez feared that the Supreme Court would have blown apart the dubious “disparate impact” legal theory he has used to extort large settlements from banks and mortgage companies using questionable statistics, not evidence of any intentional discrimination.
6. Perez misled the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in sworn testimony when he claimed that political appointees at the Justice Department had no involvement in the dismissal of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party members who were videoed in front of a polling place, during the 2008 election in Pennsylvania. A recent report from the Inspector General (IG) on the Voting Section also reveals that Perez misled the Commission when he said he believes in the race-neutral enforcement of federal voting laws. Two former Voting Section lawyers have confirmed that Perez testified inaccurately based on briefings they gave Perez. Perez even told the IG that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act does not protect white voters from discrimination, a view of the law that seriously draws into question his ability to enforce the nation’s labor laws judiciously.
The 17 Republicans who crossed over read like a list of the usual suspects, including McCain (of course), McCain, Jr. aka Lindsay Graham, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake.
This result is predictable, and less a tribute to John McCain’s mighty hand and more about the fact that the democrats realize that the shoe could, and we hope will, be on the foot soon. There’s also this fact, one which even many Senate watchers haven’t noticed; specifically, that it takes 67 votes to change Senate rules. Reid didn’t make it clear how he was going to make that happen, but knowing this democrat bunch, led by their gangsta leader, maybe they were going to do a Nike, as in just do it.