Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office just told TPMDC that the senator will file for cloture on the nomination of Robert Groves, whom President Obama tapped to be director of the Census Bureau on April 2.Is it possible that the flaccid Harry Reid has grown a pair? More likely he was told if he didn't start leading he would be ousted.
Groves, the 60-year-old director of the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center, sailed through confirmation hearings in Mid-may, but shortly thereafter, anonymous Republican senators held up his nomination, preventing a confirmation vote and leaving the bureau without a director. Earlier today Roll Call (sub. req.) reported that those holds were placed by Sens. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and David Vitter (R-LA).