Cass Sunstein Confirmed

Posted by Matthew Liebman, ALDF Staff Attorney on September 11, 2009

Good news from Washington: the Senate has confirmed Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Sunstein is a highly respected professor at Harvard Law School and an advocate of increased protections for animals

Sunstein faced stiff opposition from hunting groups, the Center for Consumer Freedom (an industry front group), and news commentators such as Glenn Beck, who sought to tarnish Sunstein’s record by highlighting his writings on animal protection issues. Sadly, these scare tactics often work: a smear campaign against Van Jones, Obama’s green jobs advisor, succeeding in pushing Jones out of the administration, and many feared the same tactics would succeed against Sunstein. Two Republican senators, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and John Cornyn of Texas, put “holds” on Sunstein’s nomination, based on comments he had made about hunting. But on Wednesday, the Senate invoked cloture on the debate about Sunstein’s nomination by a vote of 63-35, and on Thursday, the Senate confirmed him 57-40. 

It remains to be seen how much influence Sunstein will have on issues concerning animals, but if the vociferous howls of anti-animal groups are any indication, we remain hopeful.


2 thoughts on “Cass Sunstein Confirmed

  1. Carole Edmonds says:

    This is great!!! The animals need a voice in Washington.

  2. Kathryn Dalenberg says:

    It must be very worrisome to those who lust for continued cruelty in all forms, that a man who doesn’t share such lust would be in a position to regulate cruelty against those who cannot speak for themselves and are the objects of exploitation by those who are morally and ethically challenged. I’m not holding my breath that Cass Sustein can make a big difference, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!