The U.S. Senate has a full docket of White House nominations to consider when lawmakers return to Congress this week, including 35 ambassadorships, 16 federal district court judgeships and other administrative positions.
The most anticipated is the nomination of federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace departing Attorney General Eric Holder. In addition to the nominees, President Obama has selected Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson as the new White House liaison to state and local governments. Abramson was Louisville’s longest-serving mayor and also was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the early 1990s. Abramson’s priorities will include helping states coordinate on the second open enrollment process under the Affordable Care Act and helping push for a raise in the minimum wage in states and cities.