Iraq and Pakistan ambassador nominations held hostage by Rand PaulSubmitted by HenryWilliamson on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 10:14
Rand Paul holding down the fort!
By Josh Rogin
The standoff between Rand Paul and the Senate leadership over the Kentucky lawmaker's demand for a vote cutting off aid to Libya, Egypt, and Pakistan is threatening to derail the confirmations of new ambassadors to Iraq and Pakistan before the upper chamber leaves town.
Paul stopped all work on the Senate floor today over his demand for a vote on two amendments he is proposing to the veterans' jobs bill under consideration.
One amendment would withhold all U.S. aid to Pakistan until the Pakistani government releases Shakil Afridi, the doctor who worked with the CIA to help positively identify Osama bin Laden. Afridi was sentenced in June to 33 years in jail for treason.
The second would prohibit aid to Libya and Egypt until anyone involved in this week's attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts was arrested and transferred to U.S. custody.
Paul is objecting to unanimous consent on all Senate business until he gets his way, dragging out the process of taking votes for days.