Report: Menendez puts hold on Obama science nominees

The Washington Post reported today that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has placed a hold – the federal version of senatorial

The Washington Post reported today that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has placed a hold – the federal version of senatorial courtesy – on two of President Obama's science advisors: John Holdren, a physicist at Harvard University who has been nominated to head the White House Office of Science and Technology, and Jane Lubechno, a marine biologist at Oregon State University who has been named Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "According to sources who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the matter, Menendez is using the holds as leverage to get Senate leaders' attention for a matter related to Cuba rather than questioning the nominees' credentials," the newspaper reported.

Report: Menendez puts hold on Obama science nominees