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US Senate confirms 27 Obama nominees

world Updated: Feb 12, 2010 13:27 IST

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Before leaving for Presidential Day recess, the United States Senate has confirmed as many as 27 nominees of the Obama Administration, but at the same time was still undecided on at least a few dozens more.

"While this is a good first step, there are still dozens of nominees on hold who deserve a similar vote, and I will be looking for action from the Senate when it returns from recess," President Barack Obama said in a statement soon thereafter on Thursday.

Obama warned that if the Senate does not approves/confirm his nominees who are critical to run his administration, he reserve the right to use his recess appointment authority in the future.

"At the beginning of the week, a staggering 63 nominees had been stalled in the Senate because one or more senators placed a hold on their nomination. In most cases, these holds have had nothing to do with the nominee's qualifications or even political views, and these nominees have already received broad, bipartisan support in the committee process," he said.

"Instead, many holds were motivated by a desire to leverage projects for a Senator's state or simply to frustrate progress. It is precisely these kinds of tactics that enrage the American people," Obama said.

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