At the same time, Republican Senator Ted Cruz demands decisive action from the Washington administration.
While President Joe Biden heads it, the Washington administration does not intend to impose sanctions on the “Nord Stream-2” gas pipeline, which the U.S. Congress insists on. Politico reported this, citing sources describing the differences between the White House and Republican Senator Ted Cruz (from Texas).
The latter has repeatedly subjected the “Nord Stream-2” project to harsh criticism, demanding that the U.S. authorities impose restrictions on the pipeline “prescribed by Congress,” which are referred to in legislative initiatives adopted earlier on Capitol Hill. To put pressure on the administration on this issue, the senator is delaying the approval by the Senate of some candidates nominated by Democrat Biden for posts in the administration. According to Politico, at the moment, Cruz is blocking the appointment of more than two dozen candidates for diplomatic posts, including ambassadors in several countries. This situation is of concern to the administration, which believes that such a state of affairs could strike a blow to the U.S. position on the world stage.
According to Politico sources, the White House has made at least one attempt to discuss his actions with the senator: On August 10 of this year, the assistant to the President of the United States for National Security, Jake Sullivan, had a telephone conversation with Cruz. The conversation, as the newspaper notes, went “badly.” “Sullivan asked the Republican senator if he would be ready to move forward in approving candidates, and Cruz replied that the Biden administration, according to the law, should impose sanctions [against “Nord Stream 2″]. However, the Biden administration has made it clear that no sanctions will be imposed during his [Biden’s] presidency,” writes Politico.
A mechanism specially developed in the Senate allows Cruz to delay voting on certain candidates, with the help of which any member of the upper house can postpone consideration of any bill or vote on any issue. Initially, this procedure was conceived for the senator to have the opportunity to more closely familiarize himself with the contents of the document at his disposal. Still, over time it has often been used to delay the process of considering various issues.