Both parties are angry with Ted Cruz for blocking confirmation by U.S. diplomats, the report said.

Senator Ted Cruz is blocking State Department candidates seeking sanctions in the Russian pipeline (Getty Images)

Senator Ted Cruz is blocking State Department candidates seeking sanctions in the Russian pipeline (Getty Images)

Republicans and Democrats are also reported to have found a rare area of ​​commonality: anger at the senator. Ted Cruz..

by CNNSenators from both parties blame Mr. Cruz for suspending confirmation of all pending State Department candidates needed in key areas of US diplomacy.

Cruz is blocking candidates on certain foreign policy issues: Russia’s gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.. U.S. officials have long considered the pipeline a problem, but both the Trump and Biden administrations have refused to impose sanctions on it. Mr. Cruz wants to change that.

“I will leverage and hold Biden’s candidates and impose sanctions mandated by Congress to prevent Biden’s multi-billion dollar gifts to Putin,” said Texas Senator. Tweet Early this month.

According to CNN, unnamed lawmakers from both parties have said the pressure campaign is meaningless as the Biden administration has revealed that it will not change its policies.Government officials believe the pipeline can give Russia They also recognize that construction is almost complete at this point, as Europe’s power over energy is so great – and perhaps more importantly, fighting it can be hostile. There is Germany..

Meanwhile, Mr. Cruz’s disgust Fierce conflict With the Democratic Party Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee struggling to identify candidates.

“Senator Cruz, this committee has a long history of blackening you,” Menendez said last month, “by changing the committee’s business for political purposes.”

“What political purpose is that?” Cruz counterattacked.

“Maybe it’s your political desire, I don’t know,” the chair replied. “You have retained all candidates! All candidates! I have never seen it.”

After four weeks, we are still waiting for about 60 diplomatic posts to be filled. Biden administration officials have made a fuss over the deadlock, noting that most candidates have broad bipartisan support.

“For our national security and foreign policy, it is important for the Senate to move these qualified and experienced candidates forward as soon as possible,” said a senior White House official. CNN..

State Department officials said they were working with Mr Cruz to find a way out of the deadlock, but little progress has been made.

“We’re trying to get in touch with Senator Cruz on a regular basis to negotiate how to get out of this comprehensive hold, but so far no progress has been made with him,” said the State Department anonymously. An official said. Hill..

Independent I asked Mr. Cruz’s office for comment, but I haven’t heard back yet.

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