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Eric Holder Only Black Appointee On Hold

by on January 26, 2009

While President Barack Obama’s choice to head the U.S. Justice Department has hit a stumbling block, two of his other Black appointees cleared the Senate this week on motions of unanimous consent.

A hearing has been tentatively scheduled next week for Obama’s pick for attorney general, Eric Holder. But it remains unclear whether he will face more questions or when a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee will take place.

Holder’s confirmation is being held up by Republicans on the committee who have demanded more time to question him about harsh interrogation techniques, Guantanamo trials and other topics. Holder’s confirmation is not considered in doubt, however, since he has solid Democratic support and enough backing from Republicans to prevent a filibuster.

Meanwhile, the Senate confirmed Susan Rice as ambassador of the United Nations on Jan. 22 by unanimous consent. A Washington, D.C., native, Rice is the first African American woman to hold the position.


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