Ambassadors to Sweden, Norway Confirmed After Cruz Lifts 7-Month Hold - NBC New York

Ambassadors to Sweden, Norway Confirmed After Cruz Lifts 7-Month Hold

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    In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to the media in the spin room after the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina.

    The Senate on Friday moved to confirm a handful of ambassadors and State Department officials, including the American ambassadors to Sweden and Norway after Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lifted his months-long hold on the nominations, NBC News reported.

    An aide to Cruz said that he decided to lift his hold, which were in place because of his objection to the Iran nuclear agreement, because he feels the American people "are very aware of the negative consequences of this deal."

    In the Senate any one senator can put a "hold" on a nomination, and Cruz had been blocking the speedy consideration of a number of nominations for the past seven months.