“Ever since I started on the Committee on Foreign Relations, I’ve been a critic of it,” said Risch, who is the top Republican on the committee. “I was a governor. I think you have to have a team to rule.”
According to Politico, Biden has more than 50 foreign policy candidates stagnating in the Senate. To be sure, there is no holdup risk here; It’s sans Ted Cruz (Texas) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) who have objected to the nominees and, as permitted under Senate rules, have been able to slow down the confirmation process.
His objection is not about individuals, but about larger foreign policy issues (such as trying to get top Biden administration officials to resign).
In his remarks at the Halifax International Security Forum, Risch said he is “as energetic as he can be about getting these”. [nominations] Through.”
But the risk is part of a moratorium on another nominee, Dilawar Syed, who Biden named in March as deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration.
If approved, Syed would become the highest-ranking official of the Muslim administration.
According to the Partnership for Public Service, which tracks wait times, he waits longer for confirmation than any other Biden nominee.
Feather five occasions, GOP senators on the Small Business Committee have declined to appear for the meetings. The committee is divided equally 10 Democrats and 10 Republican That’s why Democrats need at least one Republican to come in so they can have a quorum and be able to do business.
Therefore, Syed is not able to proceed to the Senate floor for a full vote because Republicans have refused to allow a committee to vote.
Republicans, led by ranking member Rand Paul (Q), say they do not object to Syed, but are trying to pressure the administration over some loans given to Planned Parenthood.
Risk is on the Small Business Committee and could break the GOP’s blockade the way he has cried at foreign policy nominees. All he has to do is show up in a committee meeting. He doesn’t have to vote “yes” on Syed.
White House spokesman Chris Meagher on Sunday questioned Syed’s stance, tweeting that while he appreciates Risk’s belief that Biden “deserves a place to his team,” then, “the Senate Small Business Committee As 1 of the GOP leaders in the U.S., will he continue to refuse to be allowed to vote on SBA Dep. Many small businesses named administrators are struggling?”
Risk spokesman Marty Koza argued that in both cases, the senator was “respecting the Senate’s conventions and norms, regardless of personal preference.”
“As the ranking member of Foreign Relations, he was helpful in getting nominated through the committee, and respects the rights of members as senators to slow the process on the floor,” Koza said.
“With regard to the Small Business Committee, it is a tradition as old as the Senate to endorse your ranking member to accomplish a reasonable goal. The ranking member of the SBC is leading the Republican committee to accomplish a reasonable goal: from the SBA Planned Parenthood seeks to get north of nearly $100 million in illegal PPP loans, and Senator Risch supports the ranking member in his efforts to get answers,” she added.
Syed is a Pakistani American businessman who has moved into public service roles at the California and federal levels, leading associations with small businesses for President Barack ObamaAdministration after the passage of the 2009 stimulus package. He is also the co-founder of the AAPI Victory Fund, a Super PAC dedicated to mobilizing Asian American voters.
Republicans say they oppose filling deputy SBA job unless the Biden administration commits to taking back loans to some planned Parenthood Allies under the Paycheck Protection Program.
However, the loans were given during the administration of President Donald Trump, not Biden. They were meant to help small businesses keep employees on their payrolls during the pandemic. Planned Parenthood’s affiliates are non-profit organizations whose leadership and funding structures differ from those of the national group, but Republicans say they are too closely tied and should not have received the funding.
The Trump administration later tried to demand that Planned Parenthood aides give money back, He refused to do so stating that he had obtained the loan legally under the original terms of the policy.
But first, Republicans had another reason to oppose Syed that was directly about him: they questioned his loyalty Because of his Muslim faith and it was implied that he may be anti-Israeli because of his work with Amage Action, a Muslim advocacy group. GOP senators withdrew from that line of attack, however, when Jews and other religious and civil rights organizations came to Syed’s defense.
In July, the American Jewish Committee, a Jewish advocacy group, said While it “does not normally take a position” on the nominees, “the allegation that Dilawar Syed’s nomination on the basis of national origin or involvement in a Muslim advocacy organization is so grounded and un-American that the AJC is compelled to speak out.” “
Syed’s time is running out. Democrats on the Small Business Committee once again failed to move ahead on Syed’s nomination last week, and the year is almost over. If Syed is not confirmed this year, the president will have to resubmit his nomination in 2022.