Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Vote Recap
Yesterday, the House voted on the controversial Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 (S.679), which would alter the Senate’s role of “Advice and Consent” by reducing the number of presidential appointments that require the consent of the Senate. The bill relinquishes the Senate’s constitutional duty to consent to nominations in which it concluded no such check is necessary because the office itself is of little or no authority or consequence.
The key vote is listed below, along with a breakdown of how Republicans and Democrats voted. Because the bill appeared on the Suspension Calendar, it required a two-thirds vote to pass.
Republicans Voting Yes: 95
Republicans Voting No: 115
Democrats Voting Yes: 166
Democrats Voting No: 1 (Representative Peterson (MN))