Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTeam Clinton: Sanders will help campaign take on 'rigged system' Clinton brings in the heavy hitters Wasserman Schultz drama overshadows Dem convention MORE blocked the Senate from confirming State Department nominees for the third time in the past week, even though the Texas Republican is campaigning in New Hampshire.
Cruz blocks nominees to the State Department for a third time
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Senators launch broadband caucus Spotify vs. Apple comes to Washington MORE (D-Minn.) tried on Monday evening to get unanimous consent to confirm Samuel Heins to be ambassador to Norway and Azita Raji to be ambassador to Sweden.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellProgressive group changes tone on Kaine Trump hits Kaine on TPP: He supports a 'job killer' Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ky.), however, objected, and said he was doing so on behalf of Cruz, who has spent much of the last week campaigning in New Hampshire, where he is trailing businessman Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDNC vice chairwoman apologizes to Sanders 7 pieces of advice for Hillary Clinton Sanders optimistic on future of 'revolution' MORE ahead of Tuesday's primary.
Klobuchar slammed Cruz after McConnell's move, saying the Texas Republican was the only remaining hurdle to getting the ambassador nominations confirmed.
"We ask him to remove these holds. He has not voiced any concerns about these individual nominees. He voiced concerns about unrelated policy issues," she said, noting that Cruz hasn't been in the Senate to object to the nominees himself.
The presidential candidate has pledged to block State Department nominees over the Iran nuclear deal.
Klobuchar, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDemocrats ‘freaked out’ about polls in meeting with Clinton GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Defense: US blames ISIS for Turkey attack | Afghan visas in spending bill | Army rolls up its sleeves MORE (D-N.H.) and Ben CardinBen CardinDemocratic National Convention event calendar Bernie’s ‘revolution’ marches to Philly Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (D-Md.) have each tried to pass State Department nominations over the past week but were blocked by a senator objecting on behalf of Cruz.
Klobuchar added on Monday that she and Shaheen are planning to "come to the floor every single day and make the case for these countries."