S. 679: To Remove “Advise and Consent” Function of Senate for Numerous Federal Appointments
This, introduced by Chuck Schumer on 30 March 2011, looks like a very, very bad idea, from the perspective of anyone who wants government to be smaller and less intrusive – and wants the executive to be policed better by the legislative branch. President Obama and his czars are the obvious counterargument to this bill. They make a powerful one.
More than 200 appointed positions would be excused from the advise-and-consent requirement by S. 679. Among them are the following: