- The Washington Times - Friday, December 26, 2003

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) — President Bush bypassed Congress yesterday and installed 12 persons to government panels after their nominations stalled in the Senate.

The nominations had languished in the Senate for periods ranging from six weeks to 22 months.

By approving them during the congressional recess, Mr. Bush went around the Senate confirmation process. Such appointments are valid until the next Congress takes office, in this case in January 2005.

The appointments are:

• Albert Casey of Texas, to be a governor of the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. Bush initially nominated Mr. Casey on March 4, 2002.

• Bradley D. Belt of Washington, to be a member of the Social Security Advisory Board. The president nominated Mr. Belt on Sept. 3, 2003.

• Raymond Simon, the former director of the Arkansas Department of Education, to be assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the Education Department. Mr. Bush nominated Mr. Simon on Sept. 22, 2003.

• Gay Hart Gaines of Florida, to be a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The president nominated Mrs. Gaines on Nov. 17, 2003. Mrs. Gaines is a major donor to Republican causes and candidates. She gave $1,000 to Mr. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000 and again this year, and has given tens of thousands more to Republican National Committee campaign accounts.

• Claudia Puig of Florida, to be a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Mr. Bush first nominated Miss Puig on Jan. 9, 2003. Miss Puig gave the maximum allowable donation to Mr. Bush’s re-election campaign this year.

• Fayza Veronique Boulad Rodman of Washington, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The president nominated Miss Rodman on Oct. 24, 2003.

• Cynthia Boich of California, to be a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Mr. Bush nominated Miss Boich on Sept. 23, 2003. She donated money to one-time Bush presidential rivals John McCain and Bob Smith.

• Dorothy A. Johnson of Michigan, to be a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Mr. Bush nominated Ms. Johnson on Sept. 23, 2003.

• Henry Lozano of California, to be a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The president nominated Mr. Lozano on Sept. 23, 2003.

• Ronald E. Meisburg of Virginia, to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Bush nominated Mr. Meisburg on Nov. 20, 2003.

• Clark Kent Ervin of Texas, to be inspector general, Homeland Security Department. The president nominated Mr. Ervin on Jan. 10, 2003, and he has served as interim inspector general.

• Robert Lerner of Maryland, to be commissioner of education statistics at the Education Department. The president nominated Mr. Lerner on June 3, 2003.


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