White House press spokesman Robert Gibbs called out Louisiana Sen. David Vitter today for putting a hold on FEMA nominee Craig Fugate, calling it "political posturing.
"We're three weeks from hurricane season, beginning the first of June. And we have nominated somebody that has a stellar bipartisan record, originally nominated by Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and supported by Democrats and Republicans alike," Gibbs said at the White House press briefing. "He is somebody that deserves immediate Senate confirmation, not political posturing from a senator from Louisiana who should understand as well as anybody what's at stake in responding to a hurricane. And we expect that he'll be confirmed quickly."
Gibbs said he didn't know if President Obama had talked to the Louisiana Republican, but said there may be an effort today to seat Fugate.
"I think I would let Senator Vitter know that the best way to get moving on any concerns that he has with FEMA is to get somebody of the utmost regard at the helm of FEMA to make progress. And I think his constituents would expect that same level of professionalism," Gibbs said.