The Senate confirmed 27 executive branch nominees Thursday after President Obama threatened earlier in the week to use recess
appointments for some of the long-stalled picks.
"At the beginning of the week, a staggering 63 nominees had been stalled in the Senate because one or more senators placed a hold on
their nomination," Obama said in a statement issued by the White House
Thursday evening. "In most cases, these holds have had nothing to do
with the nominee’s qualifications or even political views, and these
nominees have already received broad, bipartisan support in the
Obama said he told Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday that he would make recess appointments if Republican senators did not lift holds.