Looks Like Even Though He was Voted out of the Senate Judicial Committe by a vote of 12-7…The Nomination of Louis Butler was Returned To President Obama!
“In a flurry of mostly overlooked action, the Senate on December 24 confirmed a slew of President Obama’s nominees on a single “en bloc” vote. Included in the list (starting here in The Congressional Record’s Daily Digest) was David Strickland, the former trial lawyer lobbyist named administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (See this Dec. 9 post on the nomination of Strickland, who has a Senate Commerce staffer bears great responsibility for the excesses of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.)
Notable was the Senate’s decision to return six nominees to the White House, a sign of major political opposition to their confirmation. The Washington Post’s Federal Eye blog reported the high-profile nominees to the Justice Department the Senate decided against approving: “Dawn E. Johnsen, nominated to oversee the Office of Legal Counsel; Mary L. Smith, tapped to head the Tax Division; and Christopher H. Schroeder, nominated as assistant attorney general for legal policy.”
The most controversial rejected nominee — at least in civil justice reform circles — was Louis Butler, put forward by President Obama to be U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin. … Appointed by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle to the court, Butler lost a 2008 election seeking to win a full term on the court. Conservative activist groups organized against his confirmation, and The Wall Street Journal prominently editorialized against him.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-7 to confirm Butler in early December over strenous objection by Republican committee members, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and John Cornyn of Texas.”
President Obama could withdraw the nominations or return them to the Senate. Butler was certainly vigorously supported by his two home-state Senators who serve on the Judiciary Committee, Sens. Feingold and Kohl. The President could also make recess appointments, but that rarely makes sense for judicial nominees with otherwise lifetime appointments; they could only serve until the end of the current Congress.”
Looks like The Haters Won This Round.
UPDATE!! THE JOURNAL SENTINEL HAS FINALLY REPORTED ON THIS!
They report it’s business as usual by the “just say no” GOP !