Leahy Urges Senate To Confirm Vacant Privacy Board Head

Law360, New York (January 4, 2013, 6:48 PM EST) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Wednesday renewed his push for lawmakers to hasten the confirmation of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission attorney fellow to lead a long-inactive federal privacy board, criticizing Republicans for blocking the nomination for nearly a year.

With Senate Republicans ending the most recent session by refusing to confirm SEC attorney fellow David Medine to serve as chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board — which is tasked with providing a check on the government's data-sharing practices — Leahy issued...
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