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Now that Democrats have put the finishing touches on health care reform, they can get back to the truly important work of Congress: bickering with Republicans over Obama appointees. With a two-week Easter recess looming, players in both parties are wondering whether President Obama will use that time to pluck the pro-labor Craig Becker out of Senate confirmation Purgatory and appoint him to the National Labor Relations Board.

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February 9, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Washington is still reeling from record snowfall and the House has decided to take the whole week off, but the Senate, at least, managed to get some work done. Weather permitting, Congress hopes to start working on the jobs bill and other legislation soon. Here’s a look at some articles and blog posts of note from the day:

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Shelby Lifts Blanket Hold On Obama Nominees

February 9, 2010 - by Eric Naing

When we last checked in on Sen. Richard Shelby [R, AL], he had placed a blanket hold on all of President Obama’s pending nominees. This week, the hold ensnaring most of those nominees has been lifted. Shelby, as you recall, was angry because two earmarks that could mean billions for Alabama were in jeopardy. Yesterday, Shelby’s office released a statement confirming that most of the holds had been lifted: The purpose of placing numerous holds was to get the White House's attention on two i...

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Why the Sudden Rush to Seat Scott Brown?

February 3, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Ever since his victory on Jan. 19, Senate-elect Scott Brown [R, MA] has been scheduled to officially become a senator on Feb. 11. Today he asked to be seated sooner -- tomorrow, to be exact -- and Senate Democratic leaders and Massachusetts' Democratic Governor agreed to do so. What's up with Brown's sudden request to be seated early? Marc Ambiner explains: "They're moving forward with controversial issues and nominations. These are votes where his vote is the deciding one," an outside Bro...

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