Reid is going to file what are called cloture motions regarding 11 executive-branch nominees.
Now, the three executive-branch appointments come into play.
All of us, that is, except Gene Healy, who wrote the book on our executive-branch cult.
Senate Democrats face a choice: pushing through AG nominee Loretta Lynch, or filling 231 executive-branch vacancies.
Democrats need to win five of them and secure a change in Senate rules at least with respect to executive-branch nominations.
And with regard to executive-branch appointments, it's been even worse.
The branch of federal and state government that is broadly responsible for implementing, supporting, and enforcing the laws made by the legislative branch and interpreted by the judicial branch. At the state level, the executive includes governors and their staffs. At the federal level, the executive includes the president, the vice president, staffs of appointed advisers (including the cabinet), and a variety of departments and agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Postal Service (see postmaster general). The executive branch also proposes a great deal of legislation to Congress and appoints federal judges, including justices of the Supreme Court. Although the executive branch guides the nation's domestic and foreign policies, the system of checks and balances works to limit its power.