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Begich Calls on Republicans to Drop Senate Nominee Holds


U.S. Marshal for Alaska post caught in political crossfire

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich Jan. 26 called on Republicans in the Senate to stop playing games with President Obama's nominees, including the nomination of the U.S. Marshal for Alaska.

Former Anchorage Police Chief Rob Heun was in line for unanimous consent approval by the Senate last Friday, along with a Rhode Island circuit court judge candidate.  But Republicans have refused to allow any further nominees to be considered by the Senate, with the exception of a district judge for Washington state approved Jan. 25.

"It's frustrating to see critical positions like the U.S Marshal for Alaska not being filled because Republicans are trying to score political points by attempting to block the president," Begich said. "Chief Heun is standing by, ready to take his position leading this critical agency in our state. Republicans need to recognize they are harming our communities, and in this case public safety, by refusing to let many appointees move forward through confirmation."

Begich recommended Heun and the Obama administration nominated him in November for the U.S. Marshal for Alaska.
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