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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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The Senate Confirms 27 Obama Nominees

February 12, 2010 - by Eric Naing

In an surprise turn of events, the GOP last night allowed the Senate to confirm 27 high-level Obama nominees. The relative flood of confirmations seems to be the product of a Tuesday meeting between President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell [R, KY] in which Obama threatened to use recess appointments to fill open government positions if Senate Republicans continued to block his nominees. Republicans have been blocking Obama's nominees at a historic pace. Sen. Richard Shel...

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