According to a new report in the New York Times, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been delaying dozens of appointments to the State Department, leaving multiple potential appointees in a holding pattern in a deliberate attempt to undermine President Joe Biden.
Now, one Democratic senator is saying Cruz’s power play is both “unprecedented in its scope” and is also putting the nation’s security at risk.
The article indicates that Cruz appears to be leaning on his “disagreements” with the Biden administration over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will transport gas from Russia to Germany. By doing so, Cruz is being accused of trying to raise his political profile once again as he looks toward the 2024 GOP presidential nomination race. The Times reports, “While Mr. Cruz cannot entirely block Mr. Biden’s State Department nominees, he has greatly slowed the process by objecting to the Senate’s traditional practice of confirming uncontroversial nominees by ‘unanimous consent.’ His tactic means that each nominee requires hours of Senate floor time while other major priorities, including President Biden’s domestic spending agenda, compete for attention.”
Where were you during the big TX freeze Ted. You no longer have credibility with the American people! We see you
— MJ from MT (@LuvsBoxers3) September 27, 2021
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, scorched Cruz when talking about his obstructionism. “It’s really an undermining of the nation’s national security process,” he explained. “What we have here is an unprecedented, blanketed holding of all nominees — regardless of whether they have anything to do with the policy issues at stake. That is not something I have seen in 30 years of doing foreign policy work,” before adding again, “This is unprecedented.”
Mark my words — I've been doing foreign policy for over 30 years.
My Republican colleagues' decision to block almost all nominees to critical positions within our national security apparatus will have dire consequences for our nation, and they will bear the responsibility. pic.twitter.com/WxHGyN05ec
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) September 30, 2021
Menendez’s colleague, Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT), was considerably more blunt in his appraisal of Cruz’s motives. “We can give him the benefit of the doubt that his goal is to micromanage U.S. foreign policy,” he stated before adding, “This is not about his objection to Nord Stream 2. This is to get a lot of eyeballs from a fight with President Biden.”
With Ted Cruz blocking US ambassadors, climate diplomacy suffershttps://t.co/Cgpl0ZLOjj
Joe Biden has been unable to appoint ambassadors to China, India and several other countries due to the Texas senator’s crusade against Nord Stream 2 pic.twitter.com/Gw1mzzyOCj
— Svein Tveitdal (@tveitdal) October 1, 2021