WASHINGTON: The Senate on Tuesday confirmed two prominent anti-Trump Republicans to serve in the Biden administration, with former Arizona Sen. Jeff Fleck cleared to serve as ambassador to Turkey and Cindy McCain, wife of the late Sen. John McCain. approved. To serve as ambassador to United Nations agencies for food and agriculture.
The Senate also voted to confirm former Democratic Sen. Tom Udle of New Mexico as ambassador to New Zealand and Victoria Reggie Kennedy of Massachusetts, widow of former Sen. Ted Kennedy, to serve as ambassador to Austria.
The nomination was approved via voice vote, a process that takes only minutes that can be used unless a senator objected. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the Republican, required the vast majority of Biden’s other State Department candidates to go through a more extensive and time-consuming process.
Sen. Chris Koons, D-Del. The U.S. thanked senators for acting quickly on the four nominations, but said he was concerned about the overall pace of confirmations for the president’s diplomatic corps.
There are dozens of countries where the US ambassador has not been confirmed, and I expect this moment of progress to be a forerunner of other progress to come soon,” Koons said.
Fleck was a rare critic of former President Donald Trump among Senate Republicans. He served just one term in the Senate, opting not to be re-elected in the face of what was sure to be a tough GOP primary.
McCain backed Biden in the presidential election, which was seen at the time as potentially helping to broaden her appeal to Republicans and independents in Arizona, an important swing state that her husband held for 35 years. represented in Congress.
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