Sen. Jim DeMint dropped his hold on a pair of executive branch nominees Thursday after receiving assurances from the Obama administration regarding the upcoming election in Honduras. The South Carolina Republican had been advocating that the White House recognize Honduras Nov. 29 election regardless of its outcome. Pleased with the administrations response after several weeks of negotiations, DeMint dropped his holds on the nominations of Arturo Valenzuela to be assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs and Thomas Shannon to be U.S. ambassador to Brazil.Thanks to the Obama administrations welcome reversal, the new government sworn into office next January can expect the full support of the United States and I hope the entire international community, DeMint said in a statement.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.