The Senate confirmed Julianne Smith as 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 MOREambassador to NATO after the senator. 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 agreed to lift a “suspension” on Smith’s nomination.
Smith’s confirmation came by voice vote without objection and was presented in the Senate by the Senator. Jeanne shaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBiden, Senior Officials Separated to Promote Infrastructure Package The Republican Party Delves into Blocking Biden’s Diplomatic Selections Blinken Promises to ‘Get to the Bottom Line’ of ‘Havana Syndrome’ MORE (DN.H.).
The NATO ambassador position is seen as a critical security bulwark in the face of Russia’s growing threats to the United States and Europe.
The confirmation vote came swiftly after Hawley lifted the suspension, a delay tactic employed by several Republican senators in an effort to voice objections to Biden’s policies, but which is drawing intense criticism from Democrats who say it threatens national security.
“A small group of my Republican colleagues have allowed risky partisan politics to permeate a critical aspect of our national security,” Shaheen said.
He said it is “absolutely critical” that Smith assumes her duties as the US envoy to NATO at a time when the alliance faces increasing threats from Russia in an effort to destabilize the region. These include the surge in troops on the Ukraine border, threats to Europe’s energy supply, and the Kremlin’s support for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has sent an avalanche of migrants from the Middle East to the Polish border. in opposition to European sanctions.
“Clearly, the more equipped NATO is to help meet those challenges, the better. And if we are going to participate with NATO, we need to have an ambassador on the ground, it should have happened several months ago when she was nominated, “said Shaheen.
Smith’s nomination was announced in June and was reported favorably by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in September.
Hawley said Thursday that he lifted the suspension of his nomination after receiving a pledge that Smith would pressure NATO allies to increase their defense spending.
The Missouri senator is withholding at least four other State Department nominees and one Defense Department nominee in what he says is an effort to pressure some of Biden’s cabinet officials to resign over the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Its. 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 maintained full control over State Department nominees in opposition to the Biden administration’s policies toward a Russian pipeline, although it has lifted restrictions in specific circumstances.
Shaheen on Thursday urged his Republican colleagues to lift the restrictions, saying there are 58 State Department nominees awaiting confirmation.
“I would like to think that my colleagues who have imposed these restrictions on our nominees are not doing so in an effort to undermine the security of the United States and undermine this administration and protect the United States, but clearly, that is the impact of what they are doing it, ”he said.