If Republicans really opposed pork, they'd kick Senator Shelby into the middle of next week. Anyone want to take bets?
Or will they support this reprehensible fuckwad in holding appointments ransom for his own little pork barrel project--one that takes money from American firms and gives it to foreign firms (who do some work in Shelby's state).
Meanwhile folks cannot be appointed to get on with the government's business. (Oh, how could I forget? Republicans believe government is useless and then do all they can to prove it. Which makes them unfit to govern.)
Shelby's posture is not treason but it shares treason's flavor profile in times of domestic economic crisis.
You can read about it here and here and here.
Marcy summarizes it thus:
Richard Shelby is preparing to shut down the Senate to try to force the government to award a key military function to a foreign company.