Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill.
(Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)
(USA TODAY) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he'll block a vote on President Obama's nominees until the White House provides more information about the survivors of last year's deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
Graham, a vocal critic of what happened at Benghazi, posted on Twitter that he'll block "every appointment" from getting a vote in the U.S. Senate.
The first test could come later Monday when the Senate considers the nomination of Richard Griffin to be general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. Griffin's nomination has long been opposed by Republicans.
Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, were killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. Graham's threat comes a day after CBS' 60 Minutes aired a report that included an eyewitness account from a former British soldier.
It's not uncommon for senators to place a "hold" on a presidential nominee to extract information on another issue or topic. Ultimately 99% of presidential appointees are confirmed by the Senate, according to a Congressional Research Service report released earlier this year.
There are several judges awaiting a Senate vote on confirmation as well key deputies at the Defense, Interior and Energy Departments and members of the Federal Communications Commission. A lengthy delay by Graham could also affect two of Obama's high-profile nominees - Janet Yellen at the Federal Reserve Board and Jeh Johnson at the Department of Homeland Security - who are awaiting their confirmation hearings.
Catalina Camia, USA TODAY