Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
March 15, 2023

While the House is in recess this week, the Senate convened at 10:00 A.M. and is spending the day on nominations.  The Senate is expected to consider Brent Neiman to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury, Eric M. Garcetti, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of India, Ravi Chaudhary to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and Laura Taylor-Kale to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Nearly two years after President Joe Biden tapped him to become U.S. ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti faces his final confirmation hurdle on Wednesday. And it’s uncertain whether he’ll clear it.  His nomination stalled as questions swirled around his handling of harassment and assault allegations lodged against his former top aide in California.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Garcetti’s nomination for a second time last week, with support from two Senate Republicans: Todd Young of Indiana and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee. While no Democrats have publicly come out against Garcetti, he is not expected to receive unanimous support from the caucus, and that uncertainty means Garcetti’s fate could rest with the Senate GOP, an unusual position for a Biden nominee.

Adam S. Olsen, Washington, D.C.