Earlier this week, ThinkProgress noted that Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) had placed a hold on Rep. Ellen Tauscher’s (D-CA) nomination to become Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, perhaps as blackmail in his wider goal of preventing the Obama administration and Russia from negotiating “deep cuts” in the respective U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals. However a congressional source told Foreign Policy’s Laura Rozen yesterday that Kyl is no longer holding up the nomination. Soon after, the Senate confirmed Tauscher to the State Department post. Kyl’s office did not respond to inquiries from ThinkProgress asking why Kyl lifted the hold.
Tauscher confirmed to State Department post after Kyl lifts hold on her nomination.