Washington (Associated Press)-On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed that two prominent anti-Trump Republicans would serve in the Biden administration. Former Arizona Senator Jeff Fleck was allowed to serve as the ambassador to Turkey and the late Senator John John His wife Cindy McCain (Cindy McCain). McCain was approved to serve as the ambassador of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency.
The Senate also voted to confirm former Democratic Senator Tom Udal of New Mexico as ambassador to New Zealand, and Victoria Reggie Kennedy of Massachusetts (widow of former Senator Ted Kennedy) as ambassador to Austria.
Nominations are approved by voice voting. This process only takes a few minutes and can be used as long as there is no objection from the senator. Republicans led by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, need The vast majority of Biden’s other State Department nominees will undergo a more extensive and time-consuming process.
Democratic Senator Chris Kuhns thanked the senators for taking prompt action on the four nominations, but said he was still worried about the overall speed of confirmation by the president’s diplomatic mission.
“There are dozens of countries that have not confirmed US ambassadors, and I hope this moment of progress will be a herald of other developments,” Kuhns said.
Fleck is a rare critic of former President Donald Trump among Republicans in the Senate. He only served for one term in the Senate. Facing the Republican primary election, he will certainly be very difficult. He chose not to seek re-election.
McCain supported Biden in the presidential election, and it was thought at the time that it might help Biden expand his appeal to Arizona Republicans and independents, a key swing state for her husband to represent 35 years in Congress.