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Shah Nomination Advances To Full Senate For Consideration

“The nomination of [President Barack] Obama’s pick to head USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah, moved to the full Senate for consideration after receiving a unanimous voice vote from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee” Tuesday, Politico’s Laura Rozen reports on her blog (12/8).

“[Shah's] experience working with all types of stakeholders and outcome-driven results will serve him well,” Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the committee, said, CongressDaily reports (12/9).

Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog reports that the Senate vote on Shah could come as early as Friday. “The Cable” also looked at broader context of the ongoing reviews that are expected to affect USAID. “Shah is supposed to play a role on both the QDDR, the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and the [National Security Council] NSC’s Presidential Study Directive on Global Development, or PSD-7 for short. But although the PSD process has been slowed to allow his involvement and the QDDR is just slow, the issues they deal with are moving quickly” (Rogin, 12/8).