I was curious which Senate Democrats might have supported the nomination of newly-indicted Abramoff/Norquist co-conspirator David Safavarian to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy. (See Bush Official Arrested in Corruption Probe.) A Thomas inquiry shows the following:
DATE RECEIVED: January 22, 2004
David Safavian, of Michigan, to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, vice Angela Styles.
REFERRED TO: Senate Governmental Affairs
REPORTED BY: Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee Action: April 29, 2004 – Committees on Governmental Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 108-549.
Floor Action: January 22, 2004 – Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs.
Committee Action: June 02, 2004 – Committee on Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported favorably.
Floor Action: June 02, 2004 – Reported by Senator Collins, Committee on Governmental Affairs, without printed report.
Floor Action: June 02, 2004 – Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 699. Subject to nominee’s commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Floor Action: November 21, 2004 – Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
ORGANIZATION: Executive Office of the President
CONTROL NUMBER: 108PN0123800
There you have it, confirmed by voice vote on my birthday, 2004. No fingerprints.
But there was one (temporary) hero. In Senate confirms federal procurement chief,
But following a Senate Governmental Affairs committee confirmation hearing in late April and the panel’s approval of Safavian in June, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va, placed a hold on the nomination, delaying a full Senate vote.
Except for this:
Byrd lifted that hold later in the summer after meeting with Safavian.