The U.S. Senate this afternoon confirmed Cass Sunstein's nomination to be the "regulatory czar" of the Obama Administration.
By a vote of 57-40 Sunstein will now become the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, or the easier-to-say "regulatory czar."
According to the Office of Management and Budget, the "OIRA is a small but powerful office that reviews regulations and approves government forms and surveys that require the public to divulge information."
Supporters of animal agribusiness and hunting did what they could to prevent Sunstein's confirmation, including months of freezing the process. First Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, put a hold on Sunstein, afraid that he would push for animal rights. Then, in July, right after Chambliss released his hold, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, picked it up.
The freeze melted yesterday when the Senate passed a cloture vote to end the debate.
Not surprisingly Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Arkansas, voted no. She was named yesterday chairwoman of the Senate Agricultural Committee.
I'm happy that Sunstein got confirmed simply because animal-agribusiness people and hunters are so outraged and scared of this man. It's humorous really. Although I wish he would, he's not going to implement regulations on the killing of animals.
(Photo courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.)