Cruz blocks vote on Biden nominee over concerns with her stance on Huawei

Thursday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz placed a hold on the Senate voting on the nomination of President Biden’s pick for Commerce secretary.

Cruz cited concerns that Raimondo has not clarified her stance on Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

Cruz replied on Twitter to a tweet from journalist Daniel Flatley who wrote “NEW: Ted Cruz has placed a hold on the Raimondo nomination, likely delaying the floor vote by up to 30 hours, per a source familiar. Cruz, Blackburn and Scott (FL) voted against her nomination in the Commerce Committee yesterday.”

Cruz added “I’ll lift the hold when the Biden admin commits to keep the massive Chinese Communist Party spy operation Huawei on the Entity List.”

Cruz wrote a day earlier:

Gina Raimondo’s ethics issues and soft stance on China including her refusal to commit to keep Huawei on the Entities List is deeply troubling.

That’s why I voted against advancing her nomination and I urge my colleagues to refuse to confirm her.

According to The Hill “the Commerce Department under the Trump administration added Huawei, one of the largest 5G equipment manufacturers in the world, to its “entity list,” effectively blacklisting the company over concerns it posed an espionage threat due to ties to the Chinese government.”

Raimondo said if confirmed she would “review the policy, consult with you, consult with industry, consult with our allies, and make an assessment as to what’s best for American national and economic security.”

Raimondo did not specifically commit to keeping Huawei on the entity list when Cruz questioned her about it during her confirmation hearing.

She later added in responses to questions she had “no reason to believe that entities on those lists should not be there.”