By Alexander Bolton - 04/19/10 11:32 PM EDT
Senate Republicans agree to speed up consideration of three of President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWATCH LIVE: Obama speaks at African American Museum opening Obama talks racial tension at African-American museum opening Trump in 2011: Clintons ‘have done so much’ for blacks MORE’s nominees after Democrats last week threatened late-night sessions.
As a result, the Senate will vote on Tuesday to confirm three of Obama’s stalled nominees: Lael Brainard, appointed to be an undersecretary at the Treasury Department; Marisa Demeo, to be an associate judge on D.C.’s superior court; and Stuart Nash, to be another associate judge on the D.C. court.
The nominees are not considered controversial.
Instead, Brainard’s confirmation vote will take place at noon on Tuesday. After six more hours of debate, the Senate will then vote to confirm Demeo and Nash.
Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Dem senator won't back spending bill without visa reforms Top GOP chairmen investigating foreign visa program MORE (D-Vt.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), vice chairman of the Democratic conference, held a press conference last week decrying GOP obstruction of Obama’s nominees.
Schumer vowed that Democratic leaders would “rev it up” and hold sessions late into the nights and on weekends to break Republican holds on the nominees.
“It takes just one senator to slow up or hold a nominee and that’s what we’re facing with a lot of the nominees,” said a Democratic aide. “These are qualified nominees and they deserve to be confirmed.”