Two Obama tech picks very close to confirmation

Washington (DC) – Yesterday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee met to discuss two of Obama’s picks for science and climate appointments within his administration. John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco are virtually shoe-ins for the position having gotten through the initial approval process very easily. Ever since December when both nominees were announced, the two Obama picks have been highly praised by scientists, environmental groups and lawmakers.

Both John Holdren, 64, who was nominated to lead the White House Science and Technology Office for Obama’s administration; and Jane Lubchenco, 61, who was nominated to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, were cleared (accepted) as nominees during a hearing last month by the initial panel without a vote. Last month’s hearings went well. However, the confirmations were delayed by anonymous holds in the Senate. It was stated that the holds were not in objection to their nominations, but actually occurred due to attempts to gain concessions on unrelated issues.

Both of these positions are important to Obama as their roles are vital to his administration and its policies regarding key environmental issues like climate change and ocean conservation.

Yesterday, both nominees cleared the committee by a unanimous vote, which was conducted during a closed door markup held by the Senate Committee. The nominees will now be sent to the Senate floor where they will more than likely pass by unanimous consent within the next week or so.

Holdren worked with the Clinton administration trying to gain attention in regards to climate change. He was a leader of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology and worked to point government energies toward climate change technology and international clean energy opportunities and initiatives.

Lubchenco is a zoologist and a conservationist. The majority of her research has been focused in areas of marine life, ecosystems, and climate change. In the position she’s been nominated for, Lubchenco would be lead a $4 billion agency responsible for a major portion of climate change and marine research for the federal government.