The most significant change in three decades in how the Senate approves presidential nominees could make one of the least productive Congresses even more gridlocked, endangering efforts to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and fund the government, Republicans say.
The U.S. Senate changed its rules to let a simple majority confirm most presidential nominees, defying opposition from Republicans who called it the most dangerous revision of its process in more than two centuries.
Silver Lake Management LLC, the biggest technology-focused private-equity firm, has left investors wondering about the future role of its middle-market unit’s founder as the division prepares to raise a new fund next year, four people familiar with the matter said.
Senate Democrats are pressing for a vote on John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director as soon as today, a day after the Obama administration shored up support by letting lawmakers see legal opinions justifying drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of al-Qaeda ties.
Four years in President Barack Obama’s White House and a role in overseeing the killing of Osama bin Laden have helped CIA Director-nominee John Brennan overcome a political taint from agency use of interrogation methods that once doomed his prospects for the job.
Senators challenged John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the CIA, about leaks of classified information to journalists, harsh interrogation methods and the legality of targeted drone strikes against U.S. citizens linked to al-Qaeda.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz blocked Tom Wheeler’s nomination to be chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission after asking whether the Democrat would use the agency to regulate political speech.
A Senate hearing on John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director will give U.S. lawmakers a chance to challenge a member of the White House national security team over policies including the targeted killings of suspected terrorists overseas.