The Republican Party delves into blocking Biden’s diplomatic selections

Republicans are putting up an intense series of obstacles to the confirmation of President BidenJoe Biden Biden criticizes Nicaragua’s ‘sham elections’, calls out Ortegas autocrats Amtrak boss describes expansion plans with infrastructure spending Former Goldman Sachs boss thinks about infrastructure vote: ‘Progressives blinked’ MOREdiplomatic nominees, issuing maximalist demands and raising objections to both politics and personalities.

More than 10 months after the Biden administration, the Senate has confirmed only seven of his ambassadorial elections, while more than 50 nominees for the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are waiting. votes, many of them withheld for Republican objections.

Democrats have issued harsh warnings against Republican movements.

“The Republicans who are retaining these nominees are endangering our national security, making it difficult for our country to respond to threats at home and abroad,” said the Senate Majority Leader. Chuck schumerChuck Schumer Sununu Says He Will Decide On Senate Run ‘In Next Week Or So’ Christie On 2020 Election: ‘No Matter Where You Are, It’s Over’ Immigration Redoubts Make One Last Effort To Get Green Cards In reconciliation MORE (DN.Y.) said in the Senate plenary on Tuesday night, before objections imposed by the Sen. Josh hawleyJoshua (Josh) David Hawley Good Republicans in Government May Be the Last Hope for Democracy The Senate Confirms Thomas Nides as US Ambassador to Israel ‘An Earthquake’: The Republican Party rises high after the beating of Democrats MORE (R-Mo.) Against the quick confirmation of at least eight nominees.

Hawley, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Sununu Says He Will Decide On Senate Run ‘In Next Week’ Ted Cruz Labels Big Bird Vaccination Tweet As ‘Propaganda’ Democrats Are Getting Hit While Depressed – Time To Respond MORE (Texas) and other Republican senators are exercising their ability to “stop” a nominee or demand a vote on the register, measures that can force Democrats to drag out the confirmation process, sometimes for days, and consume criticism. in the Senate that the majority needs for legislative priorities.

On Wednesday, the Senate was able to confirm Biden’s ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, by a quick voice vote after Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Lifted his control. A Republican Senate aide said Scott did so after speaking with Nides earlier in the day, adding that the senator makes it a point to speak to all high-level nominees before a confirmation vote.

But other key Biden picks face more daunting obstacles.

Hawley, for his part, has suspended at least five nominees and said he will only lift them if several of Biden’s top officials: the Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd Austin Overnight Defense & National Security – Washington gathers for Colin Powell’s funeral Son pays moving tribute to Colin Powell at Biden service, former presidents gather for Colin Powell’s funeral MORE, Secretary of state Antony blinkAntony Blinken Israeli officials say the US should open a consulate for Palestinians in the West Bank Defense and national security overnight – Washington gathers for Colin Powell’s funeral Lawmakers call on the Biden government to take more action against spyware groups PLUS and national security advisor Jake sullivanJake Sullivan: Emanuel Nomination Advances Despite Democratic Opposition A Divided White House Can’t Stand Up To China The Hill 12:30 Report: Biden’s 30-Year Climate Strategy MORE – gave up his handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Hawley’s positions include the president’s nominee for ambassador to NATO, two undersecretary posts, the nominee for coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization, and the nominee for director general of the Foreign Service.

Similarly, Cruz maintains absolute control over nearly all State Department nominees for their opposition to the administration’s waiver of sanctions imposed by Congress on a Russian gas pipeline.

The traffic jam has caused alarm from former senior government officials in the field of foreign service and national security.

Last month, 350 of these professionals sent a letter to Senate leaders and top legislators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging speedy confirmations of nominees to the State Department and USAID.

“The resulting vacancies have damaged US national security and our ability to address international threats. We request your urgent attention to resolve this situation ”. read the letter, organized by Foreign Policy for America, a nonpartisan advocacy organization.

“In addition to placing the United States at a strategic disadvantage, Washington has sent an unfortunate message of negligence and indifference.”

Its. Jim RischJim Elroy Risch Republican senators request military aid for Taiwan amid pressure from China’s ADL, Jewish groups pressure Senate to consider anti-Semitism “ immediately ” Envoy Ocasio-Cortez applauds Merkley for opposing the Rahm Emanuel nomination MORE (R-Idaho) has also emerged as an obstacle for nominees to advance outside of the Foreign Relations panel, a necessary step to bring a nomination to the Senate.

Risch, the committee’s highest-ranking member, has opposed committee hearings and votes for a handful of nominees because they are still being vetted by the Republican minority.

“The fact is, it’s not going to be a situation where we’re going to hand over the ones that we haven’t finished,” Risch said during a committee business meeting Wednesday.

This includes Biden’s nominee for ambassador to Germany, Amy Guttman, who is being scrutinized by Republicans for her contacts with China as president of the University of Pennsylvania. Republican lawmakers have raised concerns about whether the university accepted anonymous and undeclared donations from Beijing, a charge that the university supposedly refutes.

“This is a complex issue. We are analyzing it and we will come to a conclusion about it, “Risch said during the meeting.

President of Foreign Relations Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) Menéndez Spending Bill Faces Senate Struggle Republicans Express Concern Over Biden’s Candidate for Ambassador to Germany Biden Sparks High-Stakes Struggle Over Spending Framework MORE (DN.J.) has said it is committed to consensus with the highest ranking member in hearing scheduling to preserve courtesy, but urged Risch to allow hearings to move forward, particularly for Gutman and other senior officials, including the assistant administrator candidate. for the Middle East at USAID, the nominee for undersecretary of state for administration and two undersecretary positions.

“They have done everything possible to be prepared at least for a hearing or a committee vote. We should give them that opportunity and let the chips fall where they can, ”he said.

Additionally, Risch’s refusal to hold a hearing for Biden’s candidate for ambassador to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, Deborah Lipstadt, has generated rare pushback from the Anti-Defamation League and two prominent Jewish organizations, the Jewish Federations of America. North and the Orthodox Union.

Risch has said the minority is concerned about Lipstadt’s tweets, “particularly about committee members,” and is investigating them.

Further raising the stakes in the 50-50 Senate are nominees who have received pushback from Democrats, such as Biden’s choice for ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel.

Progressives are pushing against Emanuel’s confirmation of his handling, as Chicago mayor, of the 2014 investigation into the police murder of Laquan McDonald, an unarmed black teenager who was walking away from officers when he was fatally shot.

Emanuel’s nomination left the Foreign Relations Committee by voice vote Wednesday, but at least two Democratic senators registered their opposition.

One area in which both Republicans and Democrats have expressed support is with Biden’s nominee for ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns.

Both Cruz and Hawley have said they would not block the progress of Burns’ confirmation vote, and he left Foreign Relations on Wednesday, preparing for a Senate vote.

Both Republicans and Democrats view China as the greatest geostrategic threat facing the United States.

Democrats, seeking to appeal to their Republican colleagues, argued the dangers of stagnation in the advancement of the president’s nominees as a propaganda victory for China.

“China says that authoritarianism is the best alternative because democracy does not work because they are looking at our Congress,” said the Senator. Jeanne shaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBlinken vows to ‘get to the bottom’ of ‘Havana syndrome’ Paid family leave proposal at risk Progressives reject decision to cut down on Biden’s paid family leave program MORE (DN.H.), a member of Foreign Relations, said during Wednesday’s business meeting.

“I don’t know how we fix this, but what is happening now is not working and it is not working only for the Senate, but it is not working for the country.”

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