Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is playing hardball and it finally paid off.
Cruz has been holding up several Biden nominees in an effort to get legislation on the floor.
Senator Schumer (D-N.Y.) finally caved on Friday night, agreeing to floor Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 vote to get another wave of Biden nominees passed.
Give a Little, Get a Little
Normally, I would consider this a loss, but Cruz may actually get an overall win here.
In order for Cruz’s legislation to pass, it will need the full 60 votes to get out of the Senate.
At stake will be the United States sanctioning the approval of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that provides Russian natural gas to Germany.
This will easily get all 50 Republican votes and there are enough Democrats equally upset about this to get it passed on the Senate floor.
Then, of course, it would have to go to the House.
If House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) puts this on the floor, Republicans only need a handful of Democrats to vote with them to get it passed, and those votes more than likely exist.
Since Biden has already given his blessing for the pipeline, the only question is if Pelosi would dare to cross him by putting this legislation on the floor for a vote, and ultimately on his desk for his signature.
The concession to Cruz saves Biden the embarrassment of having the clock run out, then having to renominate all of these individuals when the Senate comes back into session after the new year.
After the deal was struck in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Schumer passed through a wave of nominees that included 41 ambassadors and nine more district court judges.
Schumer stated, “At the end of the day, we will have invoked cloture on two circuit judges, confirmed nine district court judges, confirmed 41 ambassadors, and confirmed five other members of President Biden’s team.
“It’s been a long day but a good day’s work. I thank my colleagues.”
If Cruz is successful with his legislation, it could present another foreign policy issue for Biden, as Germany is already hitting the panic button on the pipeline being shut down.
It would also raise tensions with Russia, which has already amassed more than 100,000 troops on the border of Ukraine.
Cruz just ensured us all of a very interesting start to 2022.
Source: The Hill