Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary "blanket hold" on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, CongressDaily (sub. req.) reports. The hold means no nominations can move forward unless Senate Democrats can secure a 60-member cloture vote to break it, or until Shelby lifts the hold....
....Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke the news of the blanket hold this afternoon after Shelby announced it to him in a letter sent today. Reid aides told CongressDaily the hold extends to "all executive nominations on the Senate calendar."
According to the report, Shelby is holding Obama's nominees hostage until a pair of lucrative programs that would send billions in taxpayer dollars to his home state get back on track....
Shelby's behavior is disgusting. If you'd like to call or fax one of Shelby's offices, check below:
Birmingham, Alabama: Telephone: (205) 731-1384 Fax: (205) 731-1386
Huntsville, Alabama: Telephone: (256) 772-0460 Fax: (256) 772-8387
Mobile, Alabama: Telephone: (251) 694-4164 Fax: (251) 694-4166
Montgomery, Alabama: Telephone: (334) 223-7303 Fax: (334) 223-7317
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Telephone: (205) 759-5047 Fax: (205) 759-5067
Washington, DC: Telephone: (202) 224-5744 Fax: (202) 224-3416