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Ted Cruz Vows to Block All State Dept. Nominees
Foreign Policy ^ | 06/26/2013 | John Hudson

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: tedcruz
Go Cruz!!!
1 posted on 06/26/2013 11:50:55 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

Palin/Cruz 2016. See my tagline.


2 posted on 06/26/2013 11:51:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: TexGrill

Will Cruz be able to fly with those big.....wings?


3 posted on 06/26/2013 11:54:33 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: TexGrill

one tea party senator. standing in front of the national leftist “tank column.” amazing.


4 posted on 06/27/2013 12:02:02 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: TexGrill

Wow... It’s hard to believe there is only one senator who takes his job seriously.

Go, Ted!


5 posted on 06/27/2013 12:05:56 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: dadfly

It’s a lonely fight but somebody’s got to do it.


6 posted on 06/27/2013 12:08:05 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

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.


7 posted on 06/27/2013 12:13:09 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: TexGrill
GO TED GO!!!!!
8 posted on 06/27/2013 12:14:42 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: TexGrill

Go Cruz!

9 posted on 06/27/2013 12:18:54 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: TexGrill

yup. tragic about mr. rubio. i have to apologize for supporting him here. he really coulda been something else.


10 posted on 06/27/2013 12:22:26 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


11 posted on 06/27/2013 12:23:04 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: hondact200

Was Barry?


12 posted on 06/27/2013 12:25:20 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It will be telling who Cruz is from who he is seen with.
I'm still gun shy after the last ten years.
13 posted on 06/27/2013 12:33:13 AM PDT by MaxMax (I'f you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: hondact200

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 -


14 posted on 06/27/2013 2:21:16 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: TexGrill

He is a Patriot, with Issa,
standing alone as FREE MEN
in a sea of clowns, traitors, and weasels.


15 posted on 06/27/2013 3:45:22 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: TexGrill

Cruz has the cajones required to engage in what is required, political combat.


16 posted on 06/27/2013 5:30:25 AM PDT by Tugo (Never Submit!)
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To: TexGrill
The move could delay the confirmations of a string of high profile nominations including Samantha Power, appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations...

Thank God. That woman is a disaster.

17 posted on 06/27/2013 7:37:02 AM PDT by Steve1789 (I miss having a president who loves this country.)
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