It seems that the Senate Democratic leadership finally filed a cloture motion on the nomination of Lael Brainard to serve as Undersecretary of Treasury for International Affairs. This saga has been, in my mind, a real symbol of the dysfunctional nature of the process. It’s an important job—both Larry Summers and Tim Geithner used to have it—but hardly a political hot button. Brainard is a well-qualified moderate with no particularly controversial views. But she’s been held up for over a year for a variety of reasons, none of which have to do with any doubts as to whether or not she’d do a good job.
I had thought she might get a recess appointment back in March but was told people thought they could finally get this confirmation done when congress came back into session. Now we’ll see.