The move would force Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to take the tedious procedural steps necessary to advance many uncontroversial candidates. And with limited speaking time, that could be enough to indefinitely delay a number of candidates who would normally be quickly confirmed by voice vote.
Speaking earlier Tuesday in the Senate, Hawley called on President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to resign as well, arguing that “the failure of these individuals, the failure of this administration, has cost the life to the Americans and left the American civilians in the hands of the enemy. ”
“There has to be a responsibility and then there has to be a fresh start,” he said.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez mocked Hawley’s plans on Tuesday, accusing his fellow senator of endangering U.S. national security.
“It would undermine the national security of the United States and its interests,” said Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey. “It would be a brilliant idea on the part of Senator Hawley.”
“I’m afraid hundreds of American civilians have been left behind enemy lines and are still here. And I’m afraid the President of the United States has said it was an extraordinary success … I can’t think of another example in America the story when a Commander-in-Chief celebrated this amiable disaster as a success, “said the senator.” He should resign.
The Senate confirmed three candidates for the State Department on Monday: Donald Lu for Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs, Brett Holmgren for Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research, and Brian Nichols for Assistant Secretary for western hemisphere.