Obama’s Vanishing Administration Dilemma=Legislative Branch Fail
Completely obviously outrageous conduct from any legislator, let alone committee heads etc. 2016 is not just a presidential election.
It’s not unusual for a president to have numerous open slots in the last year of his second term, as longtime officials leave for their next jobs, and it becomes harder to recruit qualified leaders for short-term work. Even so, the Obama vacancies are seen by experts as outside the norm, thanks in large part to a gridlocked congressional confirmation process that was blocking jobs from being filled even before the lame-duck phase began.
New data compiled by the Congressional Research Service and obtained by POLITICO found that the Senate in 2015 confirmed the lowest number of civilian nominations — including judges and diplomatic ambassadors — for the first session of a Congress in nearly 30 years.