The Senate confirmed four of the President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment – Brought to you by American Clean Power – Methane charges face negotiations White House rejects Trump’s latest claim for executive privilege The No Surprises Act: a long overdue bill MOREambassadors, slowly advancing a confirmation process that got bogged down under protests from Republican senators.
All four candidates were adopted by voice vote, signaling bipartisan support and their nominations as uncontroversial.
Confirmed ambassadors include the former Arizona senator. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake Donates Unspent Campaign Funds To Election Focused Nonprofit In Arizona: Biden Report Names Former Sen. Tom Udall As New Zealand Ambassador Biden To Appoint Jane Hartley As New Zealand Ambassador United Kingdom: PLUS report (R) as envoy to Turkey and former senator from New Mexico. Tom UdallTom UdallOvernight Defense: Milley reportedly warned Trump against Iranian strikes | Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer killed in Afghanistan | 70% of active-duty military at least partially vaccinated Biden names former Senator Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Senate Democrats baffled by Joe Manchin MORE (D) be Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.
Cindy McCain, wife of the late Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain to Trump: “Thanks for the publicity” Grant Woods, a longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67. Will Trump choose megalomania over country? FOLLOWING (R), was confirmed as the US envoy to the United Nations food and agriculture agencies with the rank of Ambassador.
And lawyer and activist Victoria Reggie Kennedy has been confirmed Ambassador to Austria.
This is the first tranche of ambassadors to be confirmed after Ken Salazar’s sole confirmation on August 11 as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
While the Senate confirmation process can be long and bureaucratically tedious, the blocking of Biden candidates, especially for the State Department, is the result of general restraint by the senator. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care – Brought to you by Carequest – Colin Powell’s death highlights risks for immunocompromised Senate confirmation process broken – Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: ” We don’t need your lectures, thanks buddy ‘MORE (R-Texas).
While Cruz blocked nearly all of the president’s diplomatic candidates against Biden’s handling of a Russian gas pipeline, he told the Washington Post last week that he would let the votes on Flake, McCain and others go “by senatorial courtesy ”.
A treat as the ambassador-a-rama starts this week – Cruz tells me that he will not delay the confirmation of Flake for Turkey, Udall for New Zealand, etc. out of senatorial courtesy. Cruz has a grip on various State / Treasury names due to the ongoing battle with the administrator over Nord Stream 2
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Son. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyThune Backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate Race State Watchdog to Start Review of Biden Withdrawal from Afghanistan Juan Williams: Trump Toxicity Fuels Fear of Violence MORE (R-Mo.) Also threatened to detain State Department and Defense Department candidates in retaliation for the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan. He called for the resignation of the national security adviser Jake SullivanSaudi Prince Jake Sullivan’s “net zero by 2060” goal comes with intriguing contradictions Sullivan spoke of normalizing relations with Israel during meeting with Saudi Crown Prince: Biden report struggles to control ‘Saudi Arabia over human rights concerns MORE and secretary of state Antoine BlinkAntony Blinken An Israeli official says plans to reopen the US mission to the Palestinians could be put to rest. Defense and National Security Overnight – Brought to you by Raytheon Technologies – Biden backs off Taiwan Nearly 200 Americans want to leave Afghanistan, State Department told Congress MORE to lift the wedges.
Cruz maintains at least 40 State Department candidates, for what he says is an effort to force the administration to impose Congress-mandated sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.
“I have made it clear to every State Department official, to every State Department candidate, that I will put these candidates on hold unless and until the Biden administration follows the law and stops this pipeline and impose the penalties, ”Cruz said in ground remarks. in August.
The pipeline, which connects Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany, is considered completed.
The Biden administration effectively authorized the operation of the pipeline, reaching a deal with Berlin in July with terms intended to offset the risks of the pipeline, namely Moscow’s ability to leverage energy into Europe and to deprive Ukraine of the benefits of delivering gas to Europe.