A day after a South Carolina senator dropped his opposition to a top State Department nominee, Florida Sen. George LeMieux has put the brakes back on.
LeMieux said Friday he's blocking Thomas Shannon's nomination as U.S. ambassador to Brazil.
"As a new senator from Florida and given our state’s role in the region representing the gateway to Latin America, it is incumbent on me to fully vet all appointments of this magnitude," LeMieux said. "I intend to meet with Assistant Secretary Shannon to discuss my concerns about his nomination and U.S. foreign policy in the region."
Sen. Jim DeMint had blocked two State Department nominees in opposition to the Obama adminstration's stance handling of the crisis in Honduras. But he said Thursday he was assured that the administration would recognize upcoming elections in the country.