The nomination of the next US ambassador to Luxembourg has formally lapsed.
The US Senate foreign relations committee approved the choice of James Randolph (“Randy”) Evans in December. The next step was a vote by the full chamber.
However, US Senate rules require action within 30 days, and the body broke for its winter break before taking up the matter. So the nomination was returned to the president on 3 January.
A spokesperson for the US embassy in Luxembourg told Delano on 8 January:
“Like several dozens of other nominations from the White House, the full Senate vote did not take place before they (the Senate) went on recess… in December.”
That means Evans, an Atlanta lawyer, will have to renamed by the US president, Donald Trump.
The embassy spokesperson said:
“The law now requires a new nomination from the White House. Although this is not the first time that such a delay has occurred with the Senate’s agenda, we are now expecting within a few days/next week, the re-nomination of ambassador designate Evans by the White House and the subsequent vote of the Foreign Affairs Committee, followed by the full Senate vote.”
UPDATE: Donald Trump re-nominated Randy Evans on 8 January, a spokesperson for the US embassy in Luxembourg told Delano on Tuesday.