Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Mellman: Voting rights or the filibuster? Budowsky: To Dems: Run against the do-nothing GOP, Senate MORE (R-Ky.) hit a snag on Thursday as he tries to confirm a former top staffer to a Treasury Department post: An objection from fellow Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulI'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back Rand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN Trump slams Biden, voices unsubstantiated election fraud claims at first rally of 2022 MORE.
A spokesman for Paul said that the decision to temporary hold up McGuire's nomination wasn't personal, but that the Treasury Department has "been less than responsive" in negotiations over tax treaties.
“For many years, Senator Paul has advocated to amend tax treaties to protect the privacy of American citizens. Recently, the Department of Treasury has been less than responsive, and Senator Paul has decided to vote against some of their nominees. There is no animosity toward this specific nominee," the spokesman said.
“This process has been severely damaged and short-circuited by the Republican leader, choosing to push this forward and destroy the negotiations that we were having at the time,” Paul said.McConnell hit back from the Senate floor, saying that he was "a patient man, but my patience is not inexhaustible."