A bipartisan group of Senators “proposed a bill Wednesday that would reduce the number of presidential nominations that need Senate confirmation, thus helping to clear the current backlog of stalled executive branch nominations,” Roll Call reports.
In legislation proposed as part of a bipartisan deal to reform Senate rules, Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), and Sens.Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) unveiled a bill that would exempt about 200 executive nominations and 3,000 officer corps posts from a confirmation vote by the full Senate.
According to the authors, the legislation would reduce the Senate’s confirmation load by a third.
In addition, a separate resolution offered Wednesday “would create a ‘streamlined’ confirmation process for 250 part-time executive branch positions.”
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are co-sponsoring both measures.
According to the AP, among the positions “no longer needing confirmation are the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the deputy director of the National Drug Control Policy, the State Department assistant secretary for public affairs and the Treasury Department director of the Mint.”