Senate confirms 27 Obama nominees – Government Executive

Faced with the threat of dozens of recess appointments next week, the Senate confirmed 27 of President Obama’s nominees Thursday evening, including three Treasury Department deputies and a top Homeland Security Department intelligence official.

The votes end a weeklong showdown between Obama and Senate Republicans, who had placed holds on 63 administration nominees, according to White House figures.

At a meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday, Obama threatened that if Republicans did not lift their holds, he would use the upcoming President’s Day recess to install his nominees, thereby bypassing the need for Senate votes.