Ann Stock

NPR reported last week that Senators have placed “holds” on 120 executive and judicial nominees, done in most cases anonymously. A “’hold’ is an informal Senate custom that allows any lawmaker to delay action on any bill or nomination at any time for any reason.”

“Exchanges are a quintessentially American form of diplomacy that, if confirmed, I would hope to increase, to amplify, and to sustain in a lasting and meaningful way,” Ann Stock, nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, said during her confirmation hearing yesterday afternoon. Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Stock noted her previous professional involvement with exchanges (especially leading cultural and artistic exchanges while at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) and expressed her belief in the importance of committing to “an effort—a sustained effort—to find common ground”:

“All sectors of American society and government are focused on this profound challenge and I believe exchanges are a key element. In exchanges, we rely on and engage our single greatest asset—the American citizen.”

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