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Shelby Blocks All Obama Nominations Over Alabama Earmarks

04/06/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary "blanket hold" on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, CongressDaily (sub. req.) reports. The hold means no nominations can move forward unless Senate Democrats can secure a 60-member cloture vote to break it, or until Shelby lifts the hold.

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