Senate Confirmations Are 18 Percentage Points Lower Now Then They Were Under Bush & A Democratic Senate

For the last two years of his presidency, when George W. Bush faced a Senate controlled by the opposite party, 740 of his 981 civilian nominees were confirmed, a success rate of 75 percent. During the current Congress, however, Senate Minority Leader has waged such a sweeping campaign of obstructionism against President Obama’s nominees that only 57 percent of the president’s civilian nominees have been confirmed — despite the fact that Obama’s own party ostensibly controls the Senate.