Its. Josh hawleyJoshua (Josh) David Hawley Rubio vows to delay Biden’s Chinese and Spanish ambassadorial candidates Congressional committee rejects partisanship to protect state votes The Republican Party delves into blocking Biden’s diplomatic elections MORE (R-Mo.) He said Thursday that he would remove his objections against President BidenJoe Biden Florida Republicans Vote To Limit Vaccine Mandates Bill Honoring 13 Service Members Killed In Afghanistan Heads To Biden’s Desk Overnight Defense And Homeland Security – Presented By Boeing – Pentagon Promises More Transparency In air strikes MOREThe election of ambassador to NATO, which raises a key stumbling block in allowing her confirmation vote to proceed in the Senate.
Hawley had exercised a grip on Julianne Smith, requiring the Majority Leader to spend hours or days of floor time to force a recorded vote that could otherwise be accomplished with a relatively quick voice vote.
A Hawley aide said Smith could get a vote Thursday now.
Hawley said in a statement to The Hill that he lifted his control following a letter sent by Smith to the senator promising to pressure NATO allies to increase their defense spending.
“The two percent promise made by NATO allies in Wales in 2014 is no longer enough. The current security environment is far worse than the one we faced in 2014, and our allies must increase defense spending accordingly. Julianne Smith recognizes that need and is committed to pushing our allies beyond the Wales commitment, ”Hawley said in the statement.
Politico was the first to report on Hawley’s move.
The Missouri senator has at least five other nominees, all for leadership positions in the State Department and a leadership position in the Department of Defense.
Hawley has called for the resignation of the secretary of state Antony blinkAntony BlinkenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – House Democrats expect a big vote on Biden Rubio’s measure promises to delay Biden ambassador candidates in China and Spain, US and China have a chance to cool off with a virtual summit MORE, Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd Austin Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – Pentagon promises more transparency in airstrikes Austin: Pentagon ‘must work harder’ after new Hillicon Valley civilian casualties report – Presented by Ericsson – Iran-linked hackers targeting to critical sectors MORE and national security advisor Jake sullivanJake Sullivan National Security Council Emphasizes ‘Talks’ With China, Not Talks On Arms Control Biden Calls For Investigation Of Possible ‘Illegal Conduct’ Over Gas Prices Rubio Pledges To Delay China’s Ambassador Candidates And Biden’s Spain MORE about his handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for lifting the dams.
“I am filling all the leadership positions in the Department of Defense and the Department of State and I intend to do so until there is some responsibility,” he told The Hill on Tuesday.
Having the U.S. ambassador to NATO confirmed in office is seen as a national security imperative amid mounting Russian aggression, including the concentration of Moscow troops on the Ukraine border, concerns about maintaining gas supplies. natural, ongoing malicious cyber activity, and the Kremlin’s support for Belarus’ illegitimate President Alexander Lukashenko and his campaign to destabilize Europe by funneling refugees from the Middle East across the Polish border.
Democratic lawmakers and some Republicans are frustrated with the restrictions on Biden’s nominees. Senator Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz O’Rourke increases M in the first 24 hours of the Texas Governor’s campaign Unsubscribe! Rubio’s political fundraising email tyranny vows to delay Biden’s China and Spain ambassador nominees MORE (R-Texas) has full control over all Biden State Department nominees for their opposition to the administration’s Russia policy.
This equates to about 50 people and that could potentially include Smith. Cruz has lifted specific holds before and said he would not exercise control over Biden’s candidate for ambassador to China.
Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.