Jane Lubchenco and John Holdren were confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate Thursday night after being stalled since March 3, when their nominations were blocked by anonymous holds in the Senate for unrelated reasons. Lubchenco will serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and John Holdren will take on the role of Science Adviser to President Obama. Throughout the ordeal, ScienceBlogger Mike Dunford was unrelenting in his efforts to bring this issue to the public's attention, contacting Capitol Hill to investigate the situation, reporting his findings on his blog—The Questionable Authority—and urging readers to take action by calling politicians.
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