Ted Cruz confirms his hold on Northey nomination

The Texas Senator sent a letter to Iowa’s governor this week

by Matthew Patane

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, confirmed this week that he will hold up the nomination of Bill Northey to a federal agriculture post until he gets a meeting with the president to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard.

In a letter sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds, Cruz said he wanted to “clarify the intent of my efforts to find a win-win solution to unleash an American energy renaissance.”

Cruz sent the letter almost three weeks after national media outlets, including political news site Politico, reported the senator’s hold on Northey’s nomination.

Northey, currently Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, has been nominated to serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. A U.S. Senate committee approved his nomination, but his confirmation still requires a vote on the Senate floor.

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