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Obama caves to Ted Cruz, House GOP over lack of State Department watchdog

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President Obama is going to name a State Department inspector general for the first time in his presidency, after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, promised to block all State Department nominees until he did so and the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a resolution calling on him to do so.

“On Thursday, after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a bipartisan resolution urging the president to nominate a permanent inspector general for the State Department, administration officials indicated that Obama plans to tap Steve Linick, who currently serves as inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” the Washington Examiner‘s Susan Crabtree reports.

Cruz cited the recent spate of State Department scandals yesterday to demonstrate the urgency of appointing a full-time watchdog. “During the last five years, there have been deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Libya, mismanagement of security contractors at our embassy in Afghanistan and hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars wasted for police training in Iraq,” he said in his statement. “These issues highlight the State Department’s need for an Inspector General as soon as possible. Until the President acts, I have notified Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that I will place a hold on all State Department nominations.”

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