Cruz blocks nominees to the State Department for a third time
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP clears key hurdle on Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, setting up Monday confirmation Texas and North Carolina: Democrats on the verge? Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus 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.  

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStart focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 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.
 
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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 added on Monday that she and Shaheen are planning to "come to the floor every single day and make the case for these countries."