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.
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 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
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 McCainJohn McCainFox News bests major networks in convention ratings Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform MORE (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.