Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Democracy
One Senator -- Richard Shelby (R-AL) -- has blocked all of Obama's nominations because he wants
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary "blanket hold" on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, according to multiple reports this evening. The hold means no nominations can move forward unless Senate Democrats can secure a 60-member cloture vote to break it, or until Shelby lifts the hold.On top of that, one of the earmarks he is fighting for is slated to go to the foreign company Airbus (the contract would go to Boeing if Shelby doesn't get his way).
"While holds are frequent," CongressDaily's Dan Friedman and Megan Scully report (sub. req.), "Senate aides said a blanket hold represents a far more aggressive use of the power than is normal."
And, if that wasn't enough, he's defending shutting down the Senate by saying...wait for it...he's fighting the terrorists!
Our government is well and truly broken.