Sen. Cornyn lifts hold on Air Force chief nomination

Cornyn had placed a hold on Welsh over the Lackland Air Force Base sexual assault scandal, in which 15 basic training instructors are accused of sexually assaulting 38 victims.

Cornyn said last week he didn’t feel the Air Force was adequately addressing the scandal at the Texas base and wanted to meet with Welsh about the issue.

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Cornyn told The Hill he had a “very good meeting” with Welsh Thursday and was satisfied with Welsh’s attitude toward Lackland.

“He shares my concerns and commitment to follow it wherever it may lead and implement policies that hopefully prevent it from happening again,” Cornyn said.

Cornyn also told Welsh that he felt the Air Force has the worse congressional relations of all the services.

“Of course he wasn’t aware of any of that, but he listened carefully and I’m satisfied he will do everything in his power to fix it,” Cornyn said.

Congress has been angered by the Air Force’s plan to make cuts to the Air National Guard in the 2013 budget, and has largely rejected them in both the House and Senate.

As it turns out, Cornyn wasn’t the only senator who had blocked Welsh’s nomination.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had placed a hold on Welsh’s nomination as well, but it was quickly resolved and lifted, McCain told The Hill. “For a short time we did because we were looking for a report, but it was just a few hours,” he said.

— This story was updated at 9:05 p.m.