The "Holds" Scandal Worsens: Speak Out!

Mike Dunford has the details, based on Congressional Quarterly's reporting. There are apparently multiple senators blocking two of Obama's key science appointees from taking their posts. This is outrageous--a totally new kind of "war on science"--and we need a full court press. Details here.

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...and you listen. If you're unaware of this, the confirmation of two good science appointees, Jane Lubchenco for NOAA Administrator and John Holdren for Science Advisor, are being obstructed by anonymous Senate holds (one isn't so anonymous and is by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). ScienceBlogling…

What are the reasons for the holds on the two science advisor nominees?

By LINDA HH CAMPBELL (not verified) on 04 Mar 2009 #permalink

Looks like Senator Menendez is putting his own ideology ahead of what's best for the country and his own party (again).

He played a crass political game to put a hold on scientific advisers and now he's playing the same game on the Omnibus spending bill.

Menendez is looking more like NJ's very own version of Joe Lieberman every day.

"The most stinging defection: Reidâs own senatorial campaign committee chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J), who told Democratic leaders that heâd be voting ânoâ over his objections to the House billâs easing of the embargo against Cuba."

By Dark Tent (not verified) on 09 Mar 2009 #permalink