Bloomberg reported today that “President Barack Obama’s economic advisers are increasingly concerned about the U.S. Senate’s delay in confirming the nominations of Austan Goolsbee and Cecilia Rouse to the White House Council of Economic Advisers”:
A Senate Democratic aide said Republicans had relayed some concerns about the nominations that the administration and party lawmakers are working to address. Under Senate rules, any senator can block consideration of a nominee. “There are some objections on the Republican side that we are trying to deal with,” said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid.
Goolsbee and Rouse appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on January 15, but were not approved until February 10, and there is currently no vote scheduled for them before the full Senate. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said he hadn’t “heard one way or another” if one of his colleagues had placed an official hold on their nominations.
According to Bloomberg, “without Senate confirmation, the two economists are barred from advising the president as the administration tackles the worst financial crisis in 70 years.”