Senate Compromise Allows Confirmation Of Broadcasting Board Of Governors
July 1, 2010 at 2:58 PM (PT)
The BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS, overseers of the VOICE OF AMERICA, is back at full strength after a compromise between Senate Democrats and holdout Sen. TOM COBURN (R-OK) paved the way for confirmation of several nominees.
The WASHINGTON POST reports that the deal included the confirmation of former TIME Magazine editor WALTER ISAACSON, former BUSH administration Press Secretary DANA PERINO, former Senate Democratic Aide MICHAEL MEEHAN, and former Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader HARRY REID (D-NV) SUSAN MCCUE. The board had not been complete since DECEMBER 2004, and COBURN had fought the BBG as a waste of tax money; the deal involved COBURN relenting on the confirmations in exchange for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee allowing him to serve as a "guest of the committee" at an oversight hearing of the BBG board. The nominees were confirmed by a Senate voice vote WEDNESDAY night (6/30).