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Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:42 AM

Cruz is blocking diplomats from being confirmed, and it has nothing to do with their qualifications

Washington (CNN) - An extraordinary effort by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to block nominees from being confirmed to vital jobs in the State Department is creating hurdles for the Biden administration and hindering US diplomacy, according to Democrats and Republicans who spoke to CNN.

The Biden administration -- with about 60 State Department nominees waiting to be confirmed -- is encountering greater roadblocks in securing Senate confirmations at State than at any other agency. Administration officials and Democrats point to Republicans, who admit they're playing a role. But sources from all three groups say the bulk of the blame should be placed on Cruz.

The junior senator from Texas has become the public face of the State Department's difficulties, proudly claiming responsibility for blocks on a slew of senior officials. Cruz is trying to pressure the administration on a specific point of Russia policy, a campaign that other Republicans say is fruitless and that triggered a fiery shouting match with Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who's the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Cruz does not appear willing to budge. "I look forward to lifting the holds just as soon as they impose the sanctions on Nord Stream 2 that are required by federal law," he told CNN.


https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/21/politics/cruz-state-department-nominations/index.html

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Reply Cruz is blocking diplomats from being confirmed, and it has nothing to do with their qualifications (Original post)
spanone Wednesday OP
Wounded Bear Wednesday #1
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dsc Wednesday #2
Wounded Bear Wednesday #4
dsc Wednesday #5
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Response to spanone (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:45 AM

1. Don't you just love it when Cruz stands on principle...

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:51 AM

3. This asshole isn't qualified to run the Tilt-a-Whirl at the county fairgrounds

yet he's a United States Senator...

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:47 AM

2. We are in control of Congress

so let him pull this crap until the recess at which time we adjourn (no pro forma sessions) and they get recess appointments (every single last one of them).

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Response to dsc (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:53 AM

4. Recess appointments aren't permanent. They expire...

leaving us needing to fill the positions again.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:54 AM

5. and we do the very same thing

yes I would prefer permanent appointments but if we can't have them, we can't have them. It would cover until 3 Jan 2023

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:18 AM

6. Carnival Cruz is a Joke

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