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While Twitter Drags Ted Cruz For Sitting Maskless at Dole Funeral, Manchin Joins GOP Senators to Work Around His Ambassador Blockades

While Twitter Drags Ted Cruz For Sitting Maskless at Dole Funeral, Manchin Joins GOP Senators to Work Around His Ambassador Blockades

The late Senator Bob Dole once said of the widely hated Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): “I don’t know how he’s going to deal with Congress. Nobody likes him.”

That statement includes his own colleagues on both sides of the aisle. A growing number of Senate Republicans are expressing “deep concerns” about the impact that Cruz’s stubborn refusal to confirm any of President Joe Biden’s ambassador nominees is having around the world. And since Cruz is objecting to quick confirmation votes for dozens of nominees, it could eat up an enormous amount of floor time to go through the full parliamentary process before getting the ambassadors confirmed. Now those Senators are in closed-door discussions with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to “work around” the famously obstructive and annoyingly smug Cruz.

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Fifty-four ambassador nominees have been approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and are awaiting action by the full Senate, but only nine nominees have been confirmed to their posts They former Sen. Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey; former Sen. Ken Salazar as ambassador to Mexico; former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand’s ambassador; Victoria Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, as ambassador to Austria; and Sen. John McCain’s widow, Cindy McCain, to serve as the US ambassador to the United Nations agencies for food and agriculture.

Some Republicans fault Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for not placing a bigger priority on confirming the nominees this year, given that he sets the floor schedule for the chamber. But many of the nominees would be confirmed quickly by a voice vote if it weren’t for the Cruz blockade. Manchin has indicated he’s open to a change in the rules if Republicans are supportive of the effort, and suggested he’d back moving three to five nominees at a time. Ted Cruz probably rolled his eyes back in his head and pretended he was still in Cancun when he heard that, because he’s still trying to stay in Donald Trump’s favor for some unknown reason.

 

Meanwhile, Cruz made the late Senator Dole’s words ring all too true as he sat maskless among the mourners at Dole’s state funeral on Friday, which set Twitter off on a proper dragging of the least liked person in Congress.

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