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A confirmation vote on President Obama's choice to head the nation's spy network, James Clapper, could be stalled until after the Senate's summer recess due to "holds" imposed on the nomination by Republican senators.

One of them, Sen. John McCain , (R-Ariz), got what he wanted Tuesday afternoon when the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report that he had sought on oversight and cost overruns in intelligence technology programs,
Fox News reported. McCain dropped his hold, but two other senators, Kit Bond of Missouri, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, were still blocking a confirmation vote in an effort to get information about certain detainees at the Guantanamo detention facility, Fox said.

Clapper, a retired Air Force lieutenant general, won the recommendation of the Select Committee on Intelligence last week. But the procedural holds -- a kind of implied filibuster -- have stopped the nomination dead in its tracks in the full Senate, which is due to recess this weekend.

The White House has said it "cannot accept further delay of this critical nomination." Obama tapped Clapper, a former high-ranking Defense Department official, to succeed retired Adm. Dennis Blair in June. Blair stepped down a month earlier from the position, which was created in 2005 to coordinate the nation's multiple intelligence agencies.

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I've noticed you don't post anything remotely attacking a conservative but you sure like to let the liberals have it.

August 04 2010 at 4:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

The party of "NO" does it again. McCain is the leader of the pack. Nothing has been done since they lost the last election. They do not want to hand Obama any victories.

August 04 2010 at 4:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

BUFFALO, You cannot put your trust on one person. John McCain is a retired Navy captain and James Clapper is a retired Air Force lieutenant general which is the second highest rank in the officer rankings. I think that John McCain needs to wake up and really take a look at the law (SB1070) Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law a few months ago. I think that it violates the constitution. I understand that something has to be done about illegal immigration but SB1070 is not the way to go. A supreme court judge blocked key parts of the bill because the key parts violated the constitution. Jan Brewer is giving police officers and state troopers in Arizona the authority to go after anybody they have reasonable suspicion that they are not in the US legally. What does that have to say about people visiting from Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America, etc? Are they going after those people too? The FBI, CIA, etc have the authority to do that, not police officers and state troopers. Say what you will but that is my beliefs, you don't like it too bad.

August 04 2010 at 2:02 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Shirley Smith

Mc Cain is one of the most negative person in Washington. He bucks everthing that come across his eyesite. I'm so glad he didn't become our President thank God.
Retire soon and do us all a favor.

August 04 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Nancy L. Finley

Tom Coburn and John McClain vote against everything and everyone. Where are the term limits? Washington has lost touch with the everyday man---I am sick of all of them.

August 04 2010 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Nancy L. Finley's comment

The democrats did this to Bush nominees for years. Now the democrats know what it's like

August 04 2010 at 1:21 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to joslinm's comment

If you think this started with the Bush years, you haven't been around long enough. It has been practiced for years by both partes, with the person who used it most probably being Senator Hatch.

August 04 2010 at 1:42 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

It's ok, they will go to recess, then he will be appointed, then they'll complain. No recess until business is done! Do your job or be replaced.

August 04 2010 at 1:17 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

John McCain does not play games and when it comes to our military I trust John more than just about anybody else. If John does not want James Clapper than I do not want Clapper.You can't know everything but I know who to trust and I like a lot of americans trust John.

August 04 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

Way to go McCain. Vet the guy. No more czars without updated background info. If the bureaucrats have to jump over hurdles to get their yearly updates this guy has to also.

August 03 2010 at 2:47 PM Report abuse +51 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to dc walker's comment

Did you miss the part where the info he's requesting has nothing to do with his background or views? Clearly just politics he's playing. Nothing to cheer him on for.

August 03 2010 at 7:01 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

fox.l...were still blocking a confirmation vote in an effort to get information about certain detainees at the Guantanamo detention facility, ....this has to do with his background and what part he played....

August 03 2010 at 7:36 PM Report abuse +29 rate up rate down Reply

He has every right to ask more questions. If the administration is eager to work with him, well, get going then. Who's playing politics?

August 03 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply
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