The Senate confirms Biden’s ambassador to NATO after Hawley lifts the team

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Julianne Smith to be President BidenJoe BidenFlorida Republicans vote to limit vaccine mandates Bill honors 13 service members killed in Afghanistan goes to Biden’s desk Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – Pentagon promises more transparency in air strikes MORE‘s Ambassador to NATO after Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyRubio promises to walk slowly past Biden’s China, Spain’s ambassadorial nominee A congressional committee rejects bias to protect state votes GOP digs into blocking Biden’s diplomatic elections MORE (R-Mo.) Agreed to lift a “team” on Smith’s nomination.

Smith’s confirmation came by a vote of no objection and was introduced in the Senate by the Senate. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBiden, top officials dispersed to promote infrastructure package GOP digs into blocking Biden diplomatic elections Blinken promises to ‘get to the bottom’ of ‘Havana syndrome’ MORE (DN.H.).

The post of NATO ambassador is considered a critical security bulwark in the face of growing threats from Russia to the United States and Europe.

The confirmation vote continued soon after Hawley lifted the grip, a delaying tactic used by a number of Republican senators in an attempt to voice objections to Biden’s policy, but one that draws intense criticism from Democrats who say it threatens national security.

“A small group of my Republican colleagues have allowed biased brinkmanship to permeate a critical aspect of our national security,” Shaheen said.

She called it “absolutely critical” that Smith take on his duties as US envoy to NATO at a time when the alliance is facing increasing threats from Russia in an attempt to destabilize the region. These include troops gathering at Ukraine’s border, threats to energy supplies to Europe and the Kremlin’s support from Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has sent a stream of migrants from the Middle East to the Polish border in opposition to European sanctions.

“Obviously, the better equipped NATO is to help address these challenges. And if we are to join NATO, we must have an ambassador on the ground, as should have happened several months ago when she was nominated.” said Shaheen.

Smith’s nomination was announced in June, and she was reported positively by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in September.

Hawley said Thursday that he lifted the grip on her nomination after receiving a commitment that Smith would pressure NATO allies to increase their defense spending.

The Missouri senator has at least four other State Department candidates and one Secretary of Defense in what he says is an attempt to pressure some of Biden’s government officials to resign because of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Dens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke Travels M in the First 24 Hours of Texas Governor’s Campaign Unsubscribe! The tyranny of political fundraising emails that Rubio promises to slowly go Bidens China, Spain’s ambassador nominee MORE (R-Texas) has maintained a general grip on the State Department nominee in opposition to the Biden administration’s policies toward a Russian natural gas pipeline, though he has lifted the grips in special circumstances.

Shaheen called on his Republican colleagues to lift the blockades on Thursday, saying there are 58 candidates from the State Department awaiting confirmation.

“I would like to believe that my colleagues who have put these detentions on our nominees are not doing so in an attempt to undermine the security of the United States and to undermine this administration and protect the United States, but it is clear that this is the effect of , what they do, “she said.

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