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State Division of Motor Vehicles chief administrator B. Sue Fulton. (Photo: Sue Fulton.)

Five months later, Sue Fulton’s Pentagon nomination remains stalled

U.S. Senate will vote on Menendez advisor for State Department post

By David Wildstein, September 28 2021 10:08 am

The U.S. Senate will vote today on the confirmation of a top aide to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political and Military Affairs, but President Joe Biden’s nomination of Sue Fulton, New Jersey’s beleaguered Motor Vehicles Commission head, is now five months old and hasn’t received a hearing from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Jessica Lewis, a longtime Menendez advisor and the current staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was nominated by President Joe Biden to the post in April.

With the nomination stalled, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer forced a cloture vote last week.  The Senate approved the ending of the debate on Lewis by a 62-21 vote.

Lewis spent seven years as a foreign policy and national security advisor to Harry Reid during his tenures as the Senate Majority and Minority Leader.

She was the Democratic staff director for the House International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere when Menendez was the ranking minority member.

The embattled Fulton, whose job performance in New Jersey has become an issue in the campaign for governor, is still awaiting Senate confirmation for the post of Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.  Biden announced the Fulton pick the same week he sent Lewis to the Senate.

Fulton’s nomination, sent to the Senate on April 27, remains stuck in the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee as she awaits a hearing.

Of the eight Pentagon assistant secretary nominees sent to the Senate in April, six have been confirmed.

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