Ariz. senator puts hold on Tauscher nomination

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo

UPDATE AT 4:57 PM: Click here for my story on the Kyl hold. Note that the “tonight” in the story refers to Thursday. I wrote it for tomorrow’s print edition but an editor did not make the change to reflect that when it was posted online. LAV

The Cable, a Washington Post-owned website dedicated to covering foreign policy, is reporting that conservative U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., has placed a hold on the nomination of Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, as undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security.

It’s unclear what this will mean to the outcome of this nomination other than it will almost certainly delay it.

There have been rumblings for several months that Kyl was unhappy with President Barack Obama’s support of an international nuclear nonproliferation initiative as well as other issues. Here is a snippet of what The Cable wrote:

Kyl’s office confirmed his remaining hold on Tauscher’s nomination. “He honestly has made no guise of his hold on her nomination,” spokesman Ryan Patmintra told The Cable Monday. “He expressed privately to the administration his concerns. He has chosen not to discuss them publicly.”

A congressional source told The Cable last week that Kyl objects to the administration pursuing strategic arms reductions talks with Moscow before its Nuclear Posture Review is complete. The U.S.-Russia START treaty is set to expire in December, so the administration feels it has little choice but to proceed with the treaty negotiations.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Sean Donahoe

    Way to be on the ball. The story linked to is from mid-day Monday. Two days ago.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    My Google alert on Tauscher failed me. And my vacation day yesterday compounded the delay. My apologies.

    But many thanks to the kind person who sent me the link today.

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    Quite simply; Ellen, George and Jerry voted YEA on Supplemental Appropriations Roll Call #348, Funding of Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, $106 Billion. This Bill passed 226-202, with most Republicans voting NAY, as well as Democrats Speier, Stark, Waters, Watson, Woolsey, and Kucinich. A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money. War and Peace take no vacations.

  • Tim O’Brien

    Better late than never… to have seen this highly relevant story for my congressional district and the country for that matter. Good thing Sen. Kyl does not have a vote in our state budget process as it is rancorous enough.