We Want A Recess Appointment for Boltonas UN Ambassador! Recess Appointment! Come on Bush!
From all over the place, this one from Bloomberg.com: U.S.:
"Bush May Give Bolton Temporary Appointment to UN, Sen. Kyl Says
June 20 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush may give John Bolton a temporary appointment as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations if Senate Democrats continue to stall a vote on his nomination, Republican Senator Jon Kyl said today.
``It's really critical we get John Bolton confirmed,'' Kyl of Arizona, chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said in an interview. ``If we can't get him confirmed, my guess is he'll be appointed with a recess appointment.'' That would put Bolton in the position until the Congress adjourns late next year.
Bush, at a news conference today with the leaders of the European Union, refused to say whether he's considering a recess appointment. ``I think Mr. Bolton should get an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor,'' Bush said in response to a question. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also wouldn't rule out a recess appointment when asked about it yesterday on Fox News Sunday. ``We'll see what happens this week,'' Rice said.
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote later today on whether to end debate on Bolton's nomination and let it advance it to a final vote. Republicans hold 55 seats in the 100-member chamber and need 60 to override Democrats' stalling tactics.
Bolton's nomination was sent to the Senate March 17 and the delay on his nomination is an embarrassment for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist as well as the White House.
Democrats, led by Joe Biden of Delaware and Chris Dodd of Connecticut, say Bolton lacks the diplomatic skills needed to be UN envoy, that he abused subordinates and once tried to pressure intelligence analysts to change reports to conform to his views.
Democrats say no vote should be held until the Bush administration releases classified information involving Bolton that they sought weeks ago.
Democrats refused to end debate on the nomination last month after the White House wouldn't release information on Bolton's receipt of names that had been censored in intelligence reports. Democrats want to learn whether Bolton used this intelligence to intimidate officials who disagreed with his views.
Supporters of Bolton, 56, dispute the criticism of him and say he will strongly defend U.S. interests and carry out needed reforms at the UN. He has won Senate confirmation to government posts on four prior occasions.
Kyl said Democrats are playing politics with Bolton's nomination, rather than opposing him on substantive grounds.
``I just can't believe that Democrats want to begin to again be negative,'' Kyl said. The Democrats' request for documents is a ``sideshow'' reminiscent of their obstruction during Bush's first term, Kyl said.
White House Scott McClellan said much the same thing to reporters today.
``It is unfortunate that the Democratic leadership continues to block his nomination, especially since he has majority support,'' McClellan told reporters at the White House. ``It is very clear now that the Democratic leadership is not interested in the information'' in the intelligence intercepts, he said. ``They are interested in blocking his nomination.''
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We Want A Recess Appointment for Bolton! Recess Appointment! Come on Bush! DO IT SOON PLEASE!