Durbin hints at possible recess appointment for budget nominee Lew

Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he is "anxious to take care of" a hold placed on the nomination of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) nominee Jacob Lew by Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuCNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' CNN's Van Jones: O'Keefe Russia 'nothingburger' video 'a hoax' Trump posts O'Keefe videos on Instagram MORE (D-La.).

"Of course Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewBipartisan bill would force Treasury to put Tubman on bill Top conservative rails against ‘clean’ debt limit increase Trump mocked Obama for three chiefs of staff in three years MORE could be appointed over a recess basis, but I'd much rather see him win the confirmation in the Senate," Durbin said Tuesday.


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"We've got to fill that spot," Durbin said, noting budget deliberations and the release of the findings of the White House fiscal commission, expected in December. "Time is of the essence."

Asked whether he would recommend that Obama use a recess appointment if necessary, Durbin said, "I am more optimistic that Sen. Landrieu will be able to move our way; we're working on it."

Recess appointments typically last about a year before the Senate would need to approve the nomination.

Landrieu announced last week that she was putting a procedural hold on Lew’s nomination to head OMB until the Obama administration agrees to lift or alter the moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling. She also wants an acceleration of permits for shallow-water projects that have slowed in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Landrieu told reporters Tuesday she’s getting pressure from the White House, and that there has been "slight progress," but that she isn't ready to alter her stance yet.


This post was updated at 2:43 p.m.