Senate Republicans Will Block Nominees to Force Action on Trade Agreements

Senate Republicans “have vowed to block any nominee for Commerce Secretary until President Obama sends trade pacts with Colombia and Panama to Congress for approval,” On the Money reports.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader, and 43 other GOP senators sent a letter on Monday to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, saying they were “disappointed by the President’s apparent lack of interest” in the two trade deals.

With that in mind, the senators said they would use “all the tools at our disposal” to force action on the agreements, including not backing a nominee for any office that deals with trade, including the top spot at the Commerce Department.

Read the full letter here.

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