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EEOC nominees Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade at their confirmation hearing in September in Washington. EEOC nominees Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade at their confirmation hearing in September in Washington. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ ALM

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could soon be whittled down to only two members and lose its quorum thanks to a U.S. Senate dispute over pending nominees, potentially halting any new policy announcements and large investigations.

Democratic and Republican senators haven’t reached a deal that would approve two Republican nominees: Janet Dhillon, former Burlington Stores general counsel, for EEOC chair, and West Point professor Daniel Gade. Obama-era Democratic member Chai Feldblum, whose renomination has riled some conservatives, is also awaiting confirmation. Trump’s nominee for EEOC general counsel, Sharon Gustafson, a Virginia solo practitioner, is also pending approval.

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