Senate OKs 3 Obama Picks, Battle Brews Over Others

The Senate yesterday approved President Barack Obama's picks for top posts at the Federal Communications Commission and National Labor Relations Board, the Associated Press reports, but the chamber is approaching a showdown over other nominees. Thomas Wheeler and Michael O’Reilly were unanimously approved to FCC posts and Richard Griffin was approved as NLRB general counsel on a near party line 55-44 tally. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, is now planning votes aimed at halting what he calls GOP roadblocks against five other nominations. The most controversial are Obama's picks of Patricia Millett to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Rep. Melvin Watt's, D-N.C., nomination to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. WRCB News 3 has more.