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Bush bypasses Senate to make new federal appointments

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President Bush has announced a list of recess appointments to a host of key federal positions, the White House said in a release. ROLL CALL provides some details below.

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Here are the appointments:

President George W. Bush today recess appointed the following individuals:

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Floyd Hall, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the AMTRAK Reform Board.

Enrique J. Sosa, of Florida, to be a Member of the AMTRAK Reform Board.

Nadine Hogan, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation (Private Representative).

Roger W. Wallace, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation (Private Representative).

Gordon England, of Texas, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Benjamin A. Powell, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Ronald E. Meisburg, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

Julie L. Myers, of Kansas, to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

Tracy A. Henke, of Missouri, to be Executive Director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security.

Arthur F. Rosenfeld, of Virginia, to be Federal Mediation and Conciliation Director at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Ellen R. Sauerbrey, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of State (Population, Refugees, and Migration).

Dorrance Smith, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs).

Robert D. Lenhard, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.

Steven T. Walther, of Nevada, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.

Hans Von Spakovsky, of Georgia, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.

Peter N. Kirsanow, of Ohio, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Stephen Goldsmith, of Indiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Excerpts from the paid-restricted ROLL CALL earlier Wednesday.

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Senate aides close to the issue said the White House informed several senators that Bush would appoint Tracy Henke, currently Acting Assistant Attorney General, as executive director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security and Julie Myers to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

Myers — the niece of former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard Myers and wife of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s Chief of Staff, John Wood — has faced some bipartisan opposition. Myers also worked as Chertoff’s chief of staff briefly.

The looming recess appointments arrive as the White House comes under increasing scrutiny for its nomination process following the resignation of former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown last fall. Democrats and watchdog groups, as well as federal investigators, are also placing renewed scrutiny on how the Bush administration has chosen nominees as a result of the Department of Justice investigation into former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal charges that included illegally aiding individuals to gain nominations to key executive branch offices.

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Originally published on Wednesday January 4, 2006



 


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