Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Senate will vote as early as Wednesday afternoon on a GOP amendment to end the Obama administration’s appointment of a class of top White House policy advisers known as “czars.”
The amendment from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) would strip the salaries of czars currently working in the White House and would block the president from appointing more without Senate approval.
“These czars are provided with a considerable amount of power and influence, putting them on the same level as Cabinet members who are thoroughly vetted and approved by the U.S. Senate, but without the public scrutiny,” Vitter said in a statement. “And I’m very concerned about that undefined authority of what are essentially political advisory positions, especially when the decisions they make can have a profound effect on our lives.”