Presidential Nominees Move Forward in Senate

July 24, 2013

pic-congress-committeeFollowing last week’s agreement by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on presidential nominations and the filibuster rules, the Senate has taken up a host of nominations. Among the host of nominations are a handful of posts that hold specific implications for small business.

Following last week’s agreement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on presidential nominations and the filibuster rules, the Senate has taken up a host of nominations. Among the host of nominations are a handful of posts that hold specific implications for small business.

U.S. Department of Labor – last week, the Senate voted to confirm Thomas E. Perez as Secretary of Labor by a vote of 54-46.  Perez had most recently been Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and was seen as one of the more controversial presidential nominations facing the Senate.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the Senate also last week confirmed Richard Cordray 66-34 as the first Director of the new CFPB, after several years of political battles over the new and controversial agency.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – after formally submitting her resignation in February of this year, Administrator Karen Mills, who had planned on remaining at SBA until a successor was confirmed, recently announced that she will be leaving at the end of August. No successor has been named as of yet.

Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (Ex-Im Bank) – prior to the nominations agreement between Reid and McConnell, the Senate voted 82 -17 to approve Fred Hochberg for a second term as president and chairman of Ex-Im Bank.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – having served as Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO, it is expected that Teresa Stanek Rea will be tapped to serve in a formal capacity as head of the USPTO.

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – the President also has nominated two members for the NLRB, Nancy Schiffer and Kent Hirozawa, who also have been controversial nominees. A vote on their nominations could be held as early as today in the Senate Health, Educations, Labor and Pensions Committee, and likely a full vote in the Senate next week.

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