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The ''United States Policy and Supporting Positions'', or Plum Book, is released by the Government Printing Office (GPO) at the start of every presidential term.  It lays out which offices in the federal government are to be appointed by the president when vacated.<ref name="FCW">[http://fcw.com/Articles/2012/11/09/hire-presidential-appointees.aspx?Page=1 ''FCW'', "How to become a presidential appointee," November 9,2012]</ref> The Plum Book released for President Obama's second term covered 8,138 presidentially appointed offices.<ref name="plumbook">[http://m.gpo.gov/plumbook/#home ''Plum Book'', "Home," accessed November 20, 2013]</ref> These offices represent both high-level cabinet members, who must be confirmed by the [[United States Senate|Senate]], as well as those who do not require Senate confirmation.  According to the Plum Book, 1,217 positions require confirmation during Obama's second term. As of November 20, 2013, 158 of those 1,217 positions were vacant.<ref name="plumbook"/>
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==Issues==
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On November 21, 2013, Senate Majority Leader [[Harry Reid]] invoked the "nuclear option" in the [[United States Senate|Senate]].  The "nuclear option" is using an interpretation of Senate procedure to be able to change chamber rules with a simple majority vote.  In this case, the option was used to change the vote requirement for executive nominee [[Appointment confirmation process|confirmations]] to be considered on the floor.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/harry-reid-nuclear-option-100199.html ''Politico'', "Senate goes for 'nuclear option'," November 21, 2013]</ref>  Prior to the rule change, Senators could [[filibuster]] until a cloture motion requiring 60 votes was passed in the chamber. The "nuclear option" changed the requirement to a simple majority. The threat of the "nuclear option" occurred in many Congresses, but none had put the option into use.<ref name="wapo"/>[[File:Reid filibuster chart.jpg|right|250px|thumb|Harry Reid's tweeted chart from November 21, 2013]]
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The "nuclear option" was invoked in response to Senate Republicans blocking the nomination of three D.C. Circuit Court judges. The rule change passed by a vote of 52-48, with [[Carl Levin]], [[Joe Manchin]] and [[Mark Pryor]] being the only Democrats to vote in opposition. According to the Congressional Research Service, of the 67 times between 1967 and 2012 the filibuster was used on a judicial nominee, 31 have been during during the Obama administration.<ref name="wapo">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-poised-to-limit-filibusters-in-party-line-vote-that-would-alter-centuries-of-precedent/2013/11/21/d065cfe8-52b6-11e3-9fe0-fd2ca728e67c_story.html ''Washington Post'', "Reid, Democrats trigger 'nuclear' option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees," November 21, 2013]</ref>
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When invoking the "nuclear option," Reid tweeted a graphic suggesting half of the filibusters on nominees in the history of the United States had been used against Obama nominees. The graphic was based on a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on "cloture attempts at nominations," which, while closely correlated, the CRS acknowledged was not an accurate measurement for counting uses of the filibuster. The ''Washington Post'' reported that while many of Obama's nominees were delayed in the [[Appointment confirmation process|confirmation process]], only 12 did not reach a final vote.  For comparison, President George W. Bush had 14 nominees not reach a final vote during his terms as president. Reid later corrected the graphic to show the correct metrics.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2013/11/26/harry-reids-tweet-on-obamas-filibustered-nominees/ ''Washington Post'', "Harry Reid's tweet on Obama's 'filibustered' nominees," November 26, 2013]</ref>
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According to data drawn from the White House, the average time between a nomination and confirmation during the 111th Congress for the 537 executive nominees was 115.5 days. In 112th Congress, the average time between a nomination and confirmation for the 525 executive nominees was 168.5 days. As of August 1, 2013, the average time for confirmed nominees in the 113th Congress was 86.0 days, 212 days into the session.<ref>[https://docs.google.com/a/ballotpedia.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiQnNa6PrE_pdEZ1cVlUVU9IdTJTbEdZRWNFRm1nbFE&usp=drive_web#gid=3 ''Obama nominees by Presidency and Congress'', "111th Congress," accessed December 12, 2013]</ref><ref name="whitehousedata">[http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/nominations-and-appointments ''The White House'', "Nominations and Appointments," accessed December 12, 2013]</ref>
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On October 31, 2013, the nomination of Rep. [[Mel Watt]] (D-NC) to the Federal Housing Finance Agency was blocked by Senate Republicans by means of a filibuster.  Cloture was not reached with a vote of 56-42, leaving Watt the first sitting congressman to be denied confirmation to an appointed office since 1843.<ref name="wapoblock">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/31/senate-gop-blocks-mel-watt-nomination/ ''Washington Post'', "Senate GOP blocks Mel Watt nomination," October 31, 2013]</ref> Both the [[Barack Obama|Obama]] administration and Senate Majority Leader [[Harry Reid]] were hopeful of a future confirmation.<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/31/mel-watt-filibuster-senate/3324165/ ''USA Today'', "Reid says he will try again to push Watt nomination," October 31, 2013]</ref>  Sen. [[Lindsey Graham]] insisted he would block every nominee until more information on Benghazi was released, while Sen. [[Rand Paul]] stated he would block the nomination of [[Janet Yellen]] until his Federal Reserve bill was passed.<ref name="wapoblock"/>
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Three of the president's nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court, Robert Wilkins, Nina Pillard and Patricia Millett were blocked by the [[United States Senate|Senate]] using the filibuster.  Senate [[Democrat|Democrats]] could not overcome the 60 votes required to reach the simple majority vote for confirmation.  Republicans argued they haven't approved any of the nominees because "It's the least busy court in the country," according to [[Mitch McConnell]]. <ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/robert-wilkins-republicans-block-judge-100021.html ''Politico'', "Republicans block third judicial appointee," November 18, 2013]</ref>
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In December 2013, [[Mel Watt]] and Patricia Millett were among the first nominees to be confirmed following the "nuclear option."<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304014504579250433884095714 ''Wall Street Journal'', "Behind the Filibuster Flurry," December 11, 2013]</ref>
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According to the [[United States Senate]], a ''hold'' is "An informal practice by which a senator informs his or her floor leader that he or she does not wish a particular bill or other measure to reach the floor for consideration. The majority leader need not follow the senator's wishes, but is on notice that the opposing senator may filibuster any motion to proceed to consider the measure."<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/hold.htm ''U.S. Senate'', "Glossary," accessed November 20, 2013]</ref>
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[[Republican|Republicans]] threatened to block Obama's presidential nominees through the use of [[Appointment confirmation process|holds]] for various political reasons. Since the [[Democratic Party]] holds the majority in the chamber, the Majority Leader, [[Harry Reid]], can move the nominations to the floor but would risk the possibility of a filibuster.
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According to the [[United States Senate]] a ''filibuster'' is an "Informal term for any attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter by debating it at length, by offering numerous procedural motions, or by any other delaying or obstructive actions."<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/filibuster.htm ''U.S. Senate'', "Glossary," accessed November 20, 2013]</ref>
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Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services by the Senate on June 5, 2014, by a vote of 78-17.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell Confirmation vote, June 5, 2014
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 52 0 52
Republican Party Republicans 24 17 41
Independent Independents 2 0 2
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Max Baucus was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to China by Senate on February 6, 2014, by a vote of 96-0.

Max Baucus Confirmation vote, February 6, 2014
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 52 0 52
Republican Party Republicans 42 0 42
Independent Independents 2 0 2
Total Votes 96 0 96

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Party As of July 2014
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     Vacancy 3
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