The nomination for the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism has been further postponed, this time due to low attendance at the Congress on Wednesday.
Deborah Lipstadt, Biden’s nominee to the Special Envoy to address antisemitism, who was supposed to be voted on, was postponed until March 29 due to a lack of attendance. The low attendance occurred since the meeting was scheduled at the same time as the third day of confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
This was why committee chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) had to postpone the votes on Lipstadt and Biden’s pick to serve as part of the White House National Security Council’s Middle East and North Africa portfolio, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Barbara Leaf, due to there not being enough in-person attendees to report out the nominations, especially if Republicans unify in opposition.
“Unfortunately, Republicans are lined up to vote against her, and several of our Democratic colleagues are at the Judiciary Committee with [Ketanji Brown Jackson’s] nomination to the Supreme Court, and Senator Shaheen is still in quarantine [due to] COVID,” said Menendez. “So I wanted to make sure we have the votes to pass her out of the committee. And since Republicans are lined up against her – they weren’t going to give us any votes – we had to move forward” without the vote.