Obama uses Senate recess to appoint lesbian

Chai Feldblum

Chai Feldblum

While the Senate is in recess, President Barack Obama used his power to make appointments to break a the Republican filibuster of his nominees.

Among those appointed was Chai Feldblum, a lesbian, as one of five members of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Feldblum is a Georgetown University law professor.

The White House made 15 recess appointments. He has 77 awaiting action on the floor of the Senate.

Recess appointments are only for one year and must come up for Senate approval the following year.

—  David Taffet

Q&A with the gay, blind, Hispanic woman who serves as assistant U.S. secretary of labor

Kathleen Martinez speaks during a visit to Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Assistant Secretary of Labor Kathleen Martinez speaks during a visit to Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 21.

A few weeks ago I sat down with Kathleen Martinez, a gay, blind, Hispanic woman who was named assistant secretary of labor last year by President Barack Obama. Martinez, who heads the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, was in Dallas to kick off a six-city Disability Listening Tour. Here are excerpts from my conversation with Martinez, which took place at the Westin City Center in downtown Dallas:

—  John Wright