The Senate Banking Committee is set to vote Thursday on a pair of nominees to join the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The longstanding logjam of nominees pending before the panel is continuing to break, as Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced Monday that his panel is set to vote on two new picks to join the SEC as commissioners.

{mosads}Lisa Fairfax, a Democrat, and Hester Peirce, a Republican, were both vetted by the panel in March. Both were nominated by President Obama in October to fill critical spots at the regulator, which has operated with just three people on the five-person panel since the beginning of the year.

However, the confirmation of the two will not necessarily be a sure thing. At their hearing in March, some Democrats aired concerns the two were not forceful enough on whether they would pursue rules requiring companies to disclose political spending. Among the lawmakers critical of the pair was Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a top-ranking member of the panel.

If the two are approved by the committee, they would join Adam Szubin, the man picked to lead the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, in waiting for full Senate confirmation. The Banking Committee approved Szubin in March, after months of criticism from Democrats and the White House about inaction on his nomination.

A pair of nominees to join the Federal Reserve Board is also pending before Shelby’s panel. However, the chairman has indicated he is unwilling to move on those picks until Obama fills another open spot at the Fed, devoted to financial regulation.

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