Senate advances Obama’s OPM nominee

The Senate advanced the nomination of Katherine Archuleta to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

The Senate voted 81-18 to end debate on President Obama’s nominee. After eight hours of debate, the Senate will proceed to a vote on final confirmation, unless a deal is reached to hold the vote sooner.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Archuleta was “eminently qualified,” yet she was the first OPM director to be filibustered since the position was created 35-years ago.

Some Republicans opposed her nomination because of her political involvement in President Obama’s reelection campaign.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) voiced his support for Archuleta, saying she would be a “steady hand at the helm of OPM.”

The Senate has been working all week on executive branch and judicial nominees. The Senate has already cleared the nominations of Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission, Richard Griffin to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board and Alan Estevez to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

Reid said GOP obstruction has created a “backlog” of Obama nominees and vowed that the Senate would continue to work through some “critical” executive branch nominees this week. Votes on three more nominees are expected.

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