Norway has been without a confirmed U.S. ambassador for 860 days and it has been 469 days since the president announced his nominee to be ambassador to Sweden

Klobuchar has taken to the Senate Floor multiple times in the last two weeks to call on Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to stop playing politics with critical ambassador nominations and allow these qualified nominees to move forward

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today called for unanimous consent that the Senate take a vote to confirm the two nominees to be U.S. Ambassadors to Sweden and Norway.  Norway has been without a confirmed U.S. ambassador for 860 days and it has been 469 days since the president announced his nominee to be ambassador to Sweden. Klobuchar has taken to the Senate Floor multiple times in the last two weeks to call on Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to stop holding up these critical nominations for unrelated reasons and allow these qualified nominees to move forward. Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) also have called on the Senate to confirm the nominees.

“As the Senator from the state that is home to more than 800,000 people of Norwegian heritage and 500,000 Swedish Americans – more than any other state – I can attest to how proud we are of our Nordic past,” Klobuchar said. “Senator Cruz should understand that Norway and Sweden are two of our best allies. They are incredibly important military and trading partners. They deserve to be treated like other European nations. They deserve to have an Ambassador from the United States of America. It is time to end this delay and do the work that the Senate is supposed to do.”

Sam Heins, the nominee to be Ambassador to Norway, is from Minnesota is an attorney with an extensive background in human rights. Azita Raji, the nominee to Sweden, is a former financial executive with much international experience. Cruz’s hold has nothing to do with the qualifications of the two nominees.

For broadcast-quality video of Klobuchar’s remarks on the floor yesterday, click here.

 

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