After having let the President’s nominations languish since September 22, 2012, the U.S. Senate finally started getting back to business on November 15th, ending with a flourish of 53 on January 1, 2013. That’s 71 people whose lives had been put on hold to let certain Senators feel more important.
Actually, that’s not quite correct because some of the Senate listings involve blocks of people for positions in the Foreign Service (521, which had only been languishing since November 27th) and the Coast Guard Reserve (3). On the other hand, that four new members of the Board of the Tennessee Valley Authority had to be appointed at once is a consequence of the fact that two terms had expired with no action by the Senate and three positions were already vacant. Ditto for the six positions having to be filled on the National Foundation of the Arts and of the Humanities. The do-nothing Senate has a lot of catching up to do.