Bryza Nomination Vote Postponed At Boxer’s Request

Sen. Boxer during Bryza's confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON—The Senate Foreign Relations Committee postponed a vote on U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan-designate Matthew Bryza until after the Senate August recess, in response to a ‘hold-over’ request by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), reported the Armenian National Committee of America.

The decision to delay a vote on the Bryza nomination was announced, today, by Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) during a business meeting originally scheduled to consider this matter. More than 30 other ambassadorial nominations were approved by unanimous consent.

“The hold-over requested today by Senator Boxer provides needed additional time for a closer look into a flawed nomination,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian., which has been covering the Bryza nomination issue since May of last year, broke the story of the one-month delay earlier today, noting “Senate Foreign Relations Committee aide Frederick Jones told Politico’s Laura Rozen today that ‘there has been a request to hold over nominee Matt Bryza, so the Committee will not consider his nomination until after recess.'” Rozen, in her blog, “On Foreign Policy,” reported that: “Hill sources say Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) had expressed concerns about the nomination.”
During the July 22 confirmation hearing before the Foreign Relations Committee Bryza gave evasive and incomplete answers to a series of probing questions posed by Senators Boxer and Menendez, and an inquiry about potential conflict of interest issues by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who served as chairwoman of the hearing. Bryza’s responses to written questions submitted by Senators Boxer, Menendez, Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Chairman Kerry were also largely non-responsive. In a move signaling the careful Senate scrutiny of the Bryza nomination, the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), personally wrote a letter to the State Department raising direct questions about the Bryza nomination.
The responses to Senators Boxer and Menendez are posted, in full, on the ANCA website:
The ANCA, on July 12th, shared with Senators a detailed 9-page review of the shortcomings of the Bryza nomination. This document is available at:


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  1. Haygaz said:

    Job well done to everyone involved in the process. This delay is a step in the right direction. We have to stop Bryza and like minded individuals in the SD from perusing their dangerous plans in the regions.

  2. Dave said:

    Good job by ANCA, and good job by those who called and emailed their senators and Senator Kerry.

    Bryza and his wife should now retire to Turkey and open up a shoeshine stand in Istanbul.
    This is basically the same sort of job they were both doing anyway.

  3. Garen Yegparian said:

    At last! Some good news and progress.

    And, I just called her office to thank her and ask her to go further and put a “hold” on that virtual-Azeri-mole-in-the-U.S.-government.

    The LA number for Sen. Boxer is 213/894-5000.


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