On May 22, The Cable reported that Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) has put a hold on the Senate vote for Jeffrey Feltman to become assistant secretary of State for near eastern affairs. “Levin's office told The Cable that he had asked for a few more days to seek clarification on some matters before the Senate takes up the nomination.”
The Senate has now adjourned for the long Memorial Day week and won’t return until 12 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009. The House stand adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. So nothing is going to happen, at least this week, to the Feltman, Koh and Burk nominations.
Here is the final round up of State Department nomination for the month of May:
Pending for full Senate vote as of May 22, 2009:
* 139 Susan Flood Burk, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Special Representative of the President, with the rank of Ambassador. * 140 Harold Hongju Koh, of Connecticut, to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State, vice John B. Bellinger III, resigned.* * 161 Jeffrey D. Feltman, of Ohio, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs), vice C. David Welch, resigned.
Pending in the Committee on Foreign Relations (SFRC) as of May 22, 2009:
The following civilian nominations were submitted by the President to the Senate for confirmation during the current congress and are currently undergoing committee consideration. The nominations are listed in reverse chronological order based on the referral date.
May 21, 09 PN493 Department of State Nancy J. Powell, of Iowa, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Director General of the Foreign Service.
May 19, 09 PN485 Department of State Philip L. Verveer, of the District of Columbia, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Communications and Information Policy in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs and U. S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy.
May 14, 09 PN427 Department of State Capricia Penavic Marshall, of the District of Columbia, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service.
May 06, 09 PN403 Department of State Ellen O. Tauscher, of California, to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
May 06, 09 PN402 Department of State Andrew J. Shapiro, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs).
May 06, 09 PN401 Department of State Eric P. Schwartz, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Population, Refugees, and Migration).
Apr 29, 09 PN384 Department of State Eric P. Goosby, of California, to be Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally.
Apr 27, 09 PN373 Department of State Kurt M. Campbell, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).
Apr 20, 09 PN316 Department of State Bonnie D. Jenkins, of New York, for the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service as Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs.