Boarman nomination as Public Printer still on hold
Despite being sent out of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on July 20th for a vote on the Senate floor,
By Cary Sherburne
Published: September 20, 2010
Despite being sent out of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on July 20th for a vote on the Senate floor, the nomination of William Boarman to serve as the next U.S. Public Printer has still not made its way through the confirmation process. Although Boarman is not alone—the latest Senate Executive Calendar reflects more than 50 pending nominations ranging from Homeland Security positions to Department of Commerce appointments—the delay may have more to do with concerns about the nominee than with partisan politics at this point.
According to an article by Stacey Skotzko published today in CQ WEEKLY – VANTAGE POINT (a Congressional Quarterly publication), “Democratic leadership aides say that when they asked around to see if any senator would object to one handful of nominees advancing as a block, at least one Republican objected. It’s not quite clear which name on the list drew the anonymous ‘hold.’”
The Senate has a process in place called “hotlining”. According to an earlier CQ Weekly article, “Senate leaders use hotlining to pass most of their routine legislation and nominations — usually bundled together near the close of a day’s session.” A senator can object anonymously to legislation or nominations, in effect denying the unanimous consent agreements that make hotlining possible. This is likely what has occurred with the Boarman nomination and/or another name included in the block of nominations. Perhaps Republicans are simply waiting to see what happens in the November elections; or perhaps there are valid concerns on the part of one or more senators that continue to hold the up the process. As we have noted previously in this blog, there are several potential ethics issues that may be holding up the Boarman confirmation specifically.
We will continue to follow this confirmation process and update as new information becomes available.