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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.