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An executive should have a high degree of freedom in staffing the administration and making appointments to open and essential management positions. That is why we elect a President.

In the American political system there is a check on that which is performed by the Senate. They must approve judicial nominees, for instance. They must approve Obama’s appointment to chair the Federal Reserve. Other appointments requiring approval include the Department of Homeland Security and commissioner of the IRS as well as District Judges.

Just what criteria do the Senate approvers employ? Well, it is subjective and political. To some extent that is more of a mystery than necessary.

Timely appointment and timely approval are essential to functioning government. The Senate’s messing with the process, making it more political than necessary has been problematic.

Today’s news that Janet Yellen will be confirmed to chair the Federal Reserve is good for all of us as well as clearing others on the nominations list.

“Senate reaches deal on Obama nominees

As part of the deal, Janet Yellen's confirmation vote will be held in January. | Reuters

By SEUNG MIN KIM | 12/19/13 3:27 PM EST Updated: 12/20/13 12:31 AM EST
The Senate reached an agreement late Thursday on several key Obama administration and judicial nominees, ending an ongoing dispute over nominations that had tied up much of the chamber this month.

The confirmation vote for the most high-profile nomination — Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve — will be held in January, according to the agreement. And the Senate will vote on the confirmations of Alejandro Mayorkas as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, John Koskinen as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Brian Davis as a U.S. district judge in Florida all on Friday morning.



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