The times have found us. The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution. It is for this reason that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. pic.twitter.com/cHq7zgKJ1g
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 24, 2019
So — how exactly does impeachment work? pic.twitter.com/jMN14LukKp
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) September 25, 2019
I'm excited to welcome Robert A. Destro as our new @StateDRL Assistant Secretary. His domestic and international advocacy experience will strengthen our efforts to promote respect for #HumanRights and fundamental freedoms as central objectives of our foreign policy. pic.twitter.com/F1DCBwW4wk
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 21, 2019
— US Embassy in Sweden (@usembassysweden) September 17, 2019
We are pleased to announce the confirmation of Ambassador John Rakolta, Jr. of Michigan as United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
— US Mission to UAE (@USAinUAE) September 17, 2019
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Steve, that’s why I always love coming on your show. Look, I’m focused on my mission. I’m serving America and working on President Trump’s team to deliver America’s foreign policy. That’s what I’m focused on. I do see the noise. I’m flattered when people say Mike will be a good United States senator representing Kansas. Susan and I love this place. We miss our Shockers. We miss our church there in Wichita and all our family and friends. But I’m doing something that I consider an incredible privilege, an opportunity of a lifetime to lead the State Department, and I’m focused on doing that each and every day.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, goodness. I’m so focused on what I’m doing. We just ripped through half a dozen topics. There’s another 20 we could’ve gone through. I spend every waking moment working to try and achieve good diplomatic outcomes for the people of Kansas. That’s my mission set; it’s what I’m focused on. As for what happens tomorrow, a week from now, or two years from now, goodness only knows.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Every day I am focused on my mission as the Secretary of State, America’s most senior diplomat. It’s what I think about. It’s what I’m focused on. I kind of miss following Kansas politics as closely as it sounds like you are, but I have a very clear mission from President Trump and from the American people to deliver on his America First foreign policy, and me and the team that I have the privilege to lead here for a little bit are going to continue to do that.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: I have no Earthly idea. I’m so focused on what I’m doing each and every day and so proud to represent the great people at the State Department every day. I haven’t spent a heck of a lot of time thinking about my future. I think there’s a lot of other people thinking about my future an awful lot more than Susan and I think about it.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. I’m very focused on what I’m doing. You just heard me recount half a dozen opportunities for America around the world. I get the privilege to serve as President Trump’s Secretary of State, and I’m focused on that every day and plan to continue that.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, Pete, I always want to come back to Kansas. Susan and I love it here. We miss it. When I flew in last night, it certainly feels like home. But I’ve seen the speculation. I’ve been unambiguous, but I continue to get asked. I’m focused on what I’m doing every day. I want to be the Secretary of State as long as President Trump wants me to continue to do this. That’s my focus. What comes next, goodness knows. But every day my sole focus is ensuring that I’m doing my best to deliver American diplomacy, and leading my team to successfully protect American people all around the world.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m still focused on what I’m doing, Lily. I see the noise, I hear it, but my mission set every day is very clear. I intend to stay in this current role just as long as President Trump says, “I want you to be my most senior diplomat.” That’s the mission set. I came back to Kansas for this incredible privilege to give a lecture at K-State as part of the Landon Lecture Series where amazing people – presidents and all kinds of great leaders – have had the opportunity to come. Mikhail Gorbachev – he had this opportunity to speak to K-Staters and people of this community. And I’m really looking forward to it.
The secretary of state & national security adviser rarely speak outside formal meetings. John Bolton has his eyes on Mike Pompeo's job, who has his eyes on a Kansas Senate seat. Our latest on how long simmering tensions have turned into all out hostility: https://t.co/lG6VHMWMTM
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 6, 2019
Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, tells Wichita Eagle's Jon Shorman that his evasive answers about plans for U.S. Senate race can be taken "however you'd like." https://t.co/L7uurTG649
— Bill Turque (@bturque) September 6, 2019
Amid whoppers, Mike Pompeo advises audience at K-State that telling the truth is key https://t.co/Yxo5NhA0wn
— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) September 6, 2019
Steve Bannon “claimed that Pompeo was leaning towards a run,” for a Kansas Senate seat. https://t.co/6b1kBhdiNN
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 15, 2019
Confirmed, 56-34: Executive Calendar #402 Kelly Craft to be the Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the U.S. in the Security Council of the United Nations
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) July 31, 2019
Senate past votes on US Amb to UN:
Kelly Craft (2019) 56-34
Nikki Haley (2017) 96-4
Samantha Power (2013) 87-10
Susan Rice (2009) Voice Vote
Zalmay Khalilzad (2007) Voice Vote
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) July 31, 2019
The democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just released a rather blistering assessment of Kelly Craft ahead of her confirmation vote https://t.co/9DuOj8yYz7
— Mark Leon Goldberg (@MarkLGoldberg) July 31, 2019
Congratulations to newly confirmed U.S. Representative to the @UN, Ambassador Kelly Craft. We look forward to welcoming you to NYC, and supporting your key agenda items, like UN reform, humanitarian aid, and public-private partnerships. https://t.co/qZFIo9K9Bl
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) August 1, 2019
The Senate just confirmed @POTUS's impressive nominee for the critical role of @USUN Ambassador: Kelly Knight Craft of #Kentucky. I’m confident our entire nation will be proud of the fine service she will render as our Ambassador to the United Nations. pic.twitter.com/8yZTeICXW0
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) July 31, 2019
Tennessee loving Bill Hagerty, who was my Tennessee Victoy Chair and is now the very outstanding Ambassador to Japan, will be running for the U.S. Senate. He is strong on crime, borders & our 2nd A. Loves our Military & our Vets. Has my Complete & Total Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019
Middle Tennessee Republican Bill Hagerty is in the process of resigning as U.S. Ambassador to Japan so he can run for the U.S. Senate seat that will soon be vacated by Sen. Lamar Alexander, but we won’t be hearing much from him until at least next week.https://t.co/IEKuzbyput
— Local 24 News (@LocalMemphis) July 18, 2019
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty Leaves Position, Is Expected to Run for Lamar Alexander’s Senate Seat https://t.co/YmxVjUTN9N
— Tennessee Star (@TheTNStar) July 23, 2019
Thank you to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty for hosting a reception for Tennessee and over 100 Japanese companies. Great night! pic.twitter.com/Xl2NYMUUJo
— Bill Haslam (@BillHaslam) October 13, 2017
Confirmed, 92-5; Executive Calendar #221, Brian J. Bulatao, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of State (Management).
— Floor Monitor (@senategopfloor) May 16, 2019
92-5: Senate confirms Brian Bulatao to be Under Secretary of State for Management. Senators Blumenthal, Hirono, Markey, Sanders & Warren voted No. He served as CIA COO under then-Dir Mike Pompeo and was first nominated to State Dept leadership post by President Trump last June.
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) May 16, 2019
Senate today confirmed @StateDept COO Brian Bulatao, @SecPompeo 's right-hand man at CIA and fellow West-Point Grad after his nomination languished for 9 months —–> Senate Nuke Option Priorities Leave Some Nominees Hanging https://t.co/pToAToMerC
— Susan Crabtree (@susancrabtree) May 16, 2019
Confirmed by Voice Vote: Executive Calendar #185 Matthew Tueller to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Iraq @StateDept
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) May 16, 2019
While in Iraq, I was impressed with the U.S. leadership on the ground. I shared my optimism for the additional leadership that would come upon the confirmation of Utah’s own Matthew Tueller as the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. Congratulations on your confirmation tonight, Ambassador. pic.twitter.com/GuX0nwwBFd
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) May 16, 2019
VP awarded Matthew Tueller memorial shield in recognition of his great efforts he made during his mission as a U.S. Amb. to Yemen and his role in fostering cooperative relashinship between Yemen and United States. pic.twitter.com/VhoLRHrLZT
— علي محسن صالح الأحمر (@alimohsnalahmar) May 2, 2019
Tune in at 10:15am ET today as I'll be testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on The Future of Arms Control Post-Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. @SenateForeign https://t.co/MPBGwoSpQX
— U/S of State Andrea Thompson (@UnderSecT) May 15, 2019
Fire from Bob Menendez when he asks Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Andrea Thompson about Russian nuclear plans without New START.
Thompson: "It's a good question for Russia, senator."
Menendez: "I’m not asking Russia about our national defense. I'm asking you." pic.twitter.com/v3i0VXMhIr
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 15, 2019
.@timkaine asks AGAIN for dates/companies for Part 810 authorizations for nuclear transfers to Saudi Arabia (State must approve DOE agreements) but Andrea Thompson cannot/doesn't provide the info. Risch promises to raise the issue in his next phone call w/ #Pompeo
— Harry Cramer (@HarrisonCramer) May 15, 2019
It's worth noting that although Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson spent 28 years in the Army—retiring as a colonel—she began her current job in June 2018 with absolutely no expertise in arms control, nuclear or otherwise.
— Stephen Schwartz (@AtomicAnalyst) May 15, 2019
U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), cofounders of the bipartisan Foreign Service Caucus, have introduced the Foreign Service Families Act (S.1293), a bill to expand employment opportunities for spouses of Foreign Service officers.
Senator Van Hollen’s press statement notes that “This legislation will help ensure that the State Department is able to attract and retain a world-class diplomatic corps by providing expanded career options and services to eligible family members. For many of these family members, the process of finding employment isn’t easy — frequent moves, language barriers, and limited options pose significant challenges. This legislation will address that issue so our Foreign Service can continue to serve the best interests of Americans at home and abroad.”
This Foreign Service Day, @SenDanSullivan and I introduced the Foreign Service Families Act—to expand job opportunities for spouses and support the men and women who serve our country around the world. Growing up in a Foreign Service family, I know how critical this is. pic.twitter.com/6K0l50sgAV
— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) May 3, 2019
According to Senator Van Hollen’s press statement, The Foreign Service Families Act would provide authority to the State Department to offer the same services to Foreign Service family members overseas that the Defense Department is permitted to provide to military families. This includes:
Additionally the legislation:
The bill has been “read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.” We’ve searched for the text but have not yet been able to locate it. According to congress.gov, as of 05/10/2019 text has not been received for S.1293: “Bills are generally sent to the Library of Congress from GPO, the Government Publishing Office, a day or two after they are introduced on the floor of the House or Senate. Delays can occur when there are a large number of bills to prepare or when a very large bill has to be printed.”
Govtrack notes that the United States Congress considers about 5,000 bills and resolutions each year, but of those only about 7% will become law. All bills not enacted by the end of the session on Jan 3, 2021 die, and Congress will start over.