by Brandi Tape
President Barack Obama has utilized lawmaker absence appointing four recess positions to his administration. One of the new posts awarded was Winslow Sargeant, Ph.D as the Chief Counsel of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration.
Back in May, the President announced his intention to nominate Sargeant to a key administration job. Sargeant is the former managing director for Venture Investors in Wisconsin. Venture Investors is a venture capital firm that is principally focused on initiating investments during the formative stages of technology and biotechnology companies.
He also named Maria del Carmen Aponte U.S. ambassador to El Salvador , allowing Obama to skirt Senate opinion for the time being.
Aponte is no stranger to opposition in Senate. Her previous romantic connection to a Cuban national she cohabitated within the 80s brought a flurry of questions during her confirmation hearing back in March. According to the Washington Post her former flame had ties to Cuban intelligence officials. During the hearing all claims were denied.
“At a time when our nation faces so many pressing challenges, I urge members of the Senate to stop playing politics with our highly qualified nominees, and fulfill their responsibilities of advice and consent,” Obama said.
“Until they do, I reserve the right to act within my authority to do what is best for the American people,” he said in a statement at the start of the first family’s summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts.
Elisabeth Hagen filled the position of Undersecretary for Food Safety at the Department of Agriculture, and Richard Sorian rounded out the fourth appointment as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.
According to The White House each of the four appointees had already been waiting for Senate confirmation an average of 303 days. These measures stem from Obama’s Democratic Party’s prior loss of its 60 seat Senate majority last January. Without those votes this was seemingly the president’s only option in attempting to secure his selections against the Republicans.