Statement by the President - Nominations

Statement

By:  Barack Obama II
Date: July 16, 2013
Location: Unknown

I'm pleased that the Senate took action today to move forward on the nominees who have waited far too long for a vote. Over the last two years, I've nominated leaders to fill important positions required to do the work of the American people, only to have those positions remain unfilled -- not because the nominees were somehow unqualified, but for purely political reasons. I want to thank the Senators from both parties -- including Leader Reid, Leader McConnell and Senator McCain -- who have worked together to find a path forward and give these nominees the votes they deserve. In the weeks ahead, I hope the Congress will build on this spirit of cooperation to advance other urgent middle-class priorities, including the need to take action to pass commonsense immigration reform and keep interest rates on student loans low for families trying to afford a higher education.