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Tags: Harry Reid | Senate | vacant Cabinet posts

WaPo: Reid Gave Judicial Picks 'Top Priority' Based on Long-Term Value

By    |   Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:59 AM EST

Democrats are betting on the long-term effect of seating as many federal judges as possible at the expense of leaving top Cabinet positions vacant.

The belief is that lifetime judicial appointments will have a much more substantial impact than executive branch appointments, even long after the administration leaves the White House, The Washington Post is reporting.

In a private conversation with a Republican, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said that passing President Barack Obama's judicial nominees was his "top priority," and the current Congress has filled more judicial posts than any administration since 1980.

"One is truly a legacy situation, and one is less sweeping," said Adam Jentleson, Reid's spokesman.

To this end, Democrats eliminated filibusters from the minority party in November 2013 out of frustration in getting presidential nominees through the Senate.

Even though the move was widely criticized by Republicans at the time, there is now debate among GOP members of the Senate on whether or not they will keep or reverse the rules as they take over the majority in January.

To date, there are still 96 senior Cabinet agency positions that remain to be filled, making up more than a quarter of such posts. The primary reason is that they are awaiting confirmation in the Senate.

Even if getting the executive positions through Congress isn't a top priority for Democrats, Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, told the Post that such vacancies do take a toll on the affected government agencies.

"I don't think most of the political leadership in Congress understand how damaging that is," Stier said.

"It's absolutely legitimate to hold the executive branch accountable if you give them the tools and resources they need. But if you don't give them long-term budgets and leadership, then the blame's on you," he added.

Some of the vacancies are at key positions in the Energy Department; Treasury Department; the U.S. Mint; the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Education Department and the Justice Department.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wasn't confirmed until Monday night, which was a more obvious vacancy in the midst of the Ebola crisis.

The slow confirmation process has led some nominees to withdraw their names or operate without the oversight and authority they would otherwise have.

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Democrats are betting on the long-term effect of seating as many federal judges as possible at the expense of leaving top Cabinet positions vacant.
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