WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate confirmed 27 presidential nominees Thursday night after President Obama threatened to begin making recess appointments.
After the vote, Obama released a statement thanking the Senate for its action, The New York Times reported. He suggested Republicans had put holds on many of his nominations "to leverage projects for a senator's state or simply to frustrate progress."
The confirmations were a "good first step," Obama said.
The unanimous votes came just before the break for the President's Day recess. Obama would have been able to make recess appointments that would have been good for a year without Senate confirmation.
None of the nominees approved Thursday was controversial. More than 30 people still await confirmation, including some Republicans oppose on ideological grounds.