Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been denying key votes and hearings as the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including a vote on the nomination of Kelly Craft to U.N. ambassador.
“Committee members have a right and responsibility to vote, and Menendez is actively working to deny not only votes but also hearings,” a Senate aide told the Daily Caller. “Menendez is corrupting the historic integrity of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and taking away the tradition of comity that has been a hallmark of this committee’s work.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Craft, who currently serves as the ambassador to Canada, was nominated by President Donald Trump to U.N. ambassador in early May and had her hearing in mid-June. But Craft has yet to receive a committee vote that will determine whether or not her nomination moves to the Senate floor, leaving the U.S. without a high-level official to conduct business at the U.N. Security Council.
After Craft’s hearing, Menendez demanded additional information about the 300 days the ambassador spent outside of her post in Ottawa, Canada. Craft says those trips were primarily spent on official business to negotiate the USMCA trade deal.
“The bottom line is, without the full record, we can’t evaluate it,” Menendez said about Craft’s travels.
The Senate aide, however, paints a more nefarious picture of Menendez’s requests.
“He obstructs by saying he needs more information, but then he moves the goal posts after the majority has gone to great lengths to get his initial requests satisfied,” the aide argued.
Menendez allegedly pulled a similar move with the nomination of Jeffrey Eberhardt to Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation. Eberhardt’s nomination was originally approved for a May 2 markup, but was pushed to May 22 and then “uncleared” by Menendez, who similarly demanded more information about the nominee.
Sen. Bob Menendez Obstructs Key Votes In Foreign Relations Committee https://t.co/AmG7pfXC42
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 21, 2019
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