Officials: Biden’s Treasury hobbled by Cruz’s nomination blocks over Nord Stream 2

Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Treasury is being held hostage by Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s efforts to halt a Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline, blocking critical appointments when the federal debt limit remains a pressing issue, White House officials and Democrats in Congress say. … Cruz has wielded power by being a lone holdout on a fast-track confirmation process that requires consent by all 100 senators for non-controversial nominees — a description the White House says fits many of the Treasury and other picks awaiting Senate confirmation, including numerous ambassadors. Cruz wants Biden to impose sanctions that would halt Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.” [editor’s note: Sanctions wouldn’t halt the pipeline, nor is halting it a sane US foreign policy objective – TLK] (10/11/21)