At today’s White House press conference, Tony Snow revealed that the White House has officially renominated John Bolton as U.N ambassador and plans to push for his confirmation during the lame duck session of Congress. Bolton, who has repeatedly failed to gain Senate confirmation, is one of Bush’s most divisive nominations. The move comes one day after Bush pledged to “to work with the new Congress in a bipartisan way.” Watch it:
In September, Bolton’s nomination was sent back to the White House after Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) said he had “more questions that needed to be answered.”
Incoming Senate Foreign Relations chairman Joe Biden (D-DE) said yesterday that Bolton’s nomination is “going nowhere,” but previous accounts have indicated that Bush plans to again recess appoint him during the lame-duck session.
On the other hand, the readout I got from the meeting is it was primarily focused on the lame-duck session, where you’ve got a Vietnam free trade agreement that we want to get done, an Indian civil nuclear agreement that’s of great importance; obviously the budget matters, the outer continental shelf, nominations of John Bolton and also, if possible, Bob Gates and the Terrorist Surveillance Act.