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Washington Post: Holdren and Lubchenco Nominations on Hold

Juliet Eilperin reports that Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has placed a hold on votes to approve John Holdren’s appointment as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Jane Lubchenco’s appointment as leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Despite speculation that the secret hold was on account of disagreements over matters of science policy, Eilperin writes: “Menendez is using the holds as leverage to get Senate leaders’ attention for a matter related to Cuba rather than questioning the nominees’ credentials.”

It suffices to say that getting Holdren and Lubchenco into those posts would be good for the health of the planet.

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