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DeMint Spokesman: He's Not Trying To Intervene In Honduras

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Denton added: "He's not in support of any particular politician. He supports democracy, the rule of law and the constitution of Honduras, and he wants to see a quick resolution to the crisis, one that allows the Honduran people to resolve it through a democratic and transparent process."

Denton also said that DeMint is not blocking the Obama administration's nominees to deal with foreign policy in the region, which was cited by the office of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as a reason to attempt to deny DeMint funding for the trip. Instead, DeMint only wants to have a full debate and roll call vote.

"Sen. DeMint cannot prevent Sen. Reid from bringing the nominees to the floor, he can have a vote at any time. Sen. DeMint has objected to unanimous consent," said Denton, also adding: "In fact that's all you can do. In the Senate when, someone says you're holding up a bill or a nominee, what one Senator can object to is passage by unanimous consent. No one Senator can stop the Senate working the majority of its will through 60 votes.

By tradition, any Senator can place a hold on a piece of legislation or a nominee and, as a courtesy, these holds are usually honored. But occasionally, the Majority Leader will use his power and bring the matter to a vote, anyway.