Skip to comments.Ted Cruz Vows to Block All State Dept. Nominees
Posted on 06/26/2013 11:50:55 PM PDT by TexGrill
The long-festering problem of senior-level vacancies at the State Department is about to get worse. On Wednesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz vowed to place a hold on all State Department nominations until Secretary of State John Kerry appoints an inspector general. The move could delay the confirmations of a string of high profile nominations including Samantha Power, appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Victoria Nuland, appointed to assistant secretary of state to European and Eurasian Affairs, and Danny Russel, appointed assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
In a statement, Cruz called President Obama's failure to nominate an Inspector General at the State Department "unacceptable."
"The position has been vacant for almost 2,000 days. This is a crucial oversight position and should be a priority for an agency facing substantial management challenges," said the Republican lawmaker. "Until the President acts, I have notified Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that I will place a hold on all State Department nominations."
The appointment of a permanent IG, tasked with finding and preventing government waste and corruption, has earned support from Democrats and Republicans, but Cruz is alone in vowing to hold up all nominations at State in order to force the appointment.
As evidence of a need for a permanent IG, Cruz ticked off a range of controversies facing the department, including the deadly attacks on U.S. officials in Benghazi last year, mismanagement of security contractors at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, and squandered taxpayer money designated for police training in Iraq.
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Palin/Cruz 2016. See my tagline.
Will Cruz be able to fly with those big.....wings?
one tea party senator. standing in front of the national leftist “tank column.” amazing.
Wow... It’s hard to believe there is only one senator who takes his job seriously.
It’s a lonely fight but somebody’s got to do it.
Kudos to Cruz! How about no Democrat legislation considered by the House until we get ACCOUNTABILITY on Benghazi?? We’re past the 9 MONTH mark now and.. crickets.
yup. tragic about mr. rubio. i have to apologize for supporting him here. he really coulda been something else.
is cruz eligible? the issue that he was born in Canada? Does anyone really know what is what. Lately I have been swamped with medical appointments, so I am a little behind.
At this point, what difference does it make where he was born? The man seems to have the best interests of America at heart,and quite frankly, I’m sickened from what our elected and unelected officials are doing and have done to this country, so I don’t give a rat’s patoody where he was born. None of our representatives seem to care about upholding their oath to the constitution, so, I’d dang sure vote for this man -
He is a Patriot, with Issa,
standing alone as FREE MEN
in a sea of clowns, traitors, and weasels.
Cruz has the cajones required to engage in what is required, political combat.
Thank God. That woman is a disaster.
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