Partisan acrimony reached one of the most obscure outposts of the federal government on Thursday, when House GOP leadership voiced its opposition to a Democratic nominee to the Election Assistance Commission.
In a statement, House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) criticized the White House for nominating House Administration Committee aide Tom Hicks to the EAC last week without including a GOP counterpart.
Boehner suggested Senate Republicans should hold up Hicks nomination until sitting EAC Commissioner Gineen Bresso Beach, a Republican, is re-nominated by President Barack Obama to the agency, which has an $18 million budget and is responsible for administering the Help America Vote Act of 2003.
Given the considerable challenges currently facing the commission, I was troubled that President Obama did not also announce action on my recommendation to re-nominate Commissioner Gineen Bresso Beach an already proven and valuable asset to the successful administration of elections, Boehner said in a statement. I urge the President to act swiftly to re-nominate Bresso Beach so that she and Mr. Hicks can be considered by the Senate at the same time.
A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the EAC nominations.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.