Brownback confirmed as global religious freedom ambassador at-large

Nomination of Sam Brownback to be Religious Freedom Ambassador Advances

Brownback won the go-ahead for the prison project just before the U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment as U.S. ambassador-at-large for worldwide religious freedom.

The incoming governor is running for a full, four-year term this year and raised more than $630,000 from outside cash contributions since August, the highest total of any candidate. The White House resubmitted the nomination earlier this month.

Senators voted along party lines, 50-49. It also underscored the razor-thin margin of the Senate Republican majority and the implications for the GOP agenda and President Donald Trump's nominees. Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is battling cancer, remains out. Ariz., is out on medical leave and Senator Bob Corker, R - Tenn., is in Davos, Switzerland, requiring the GOP to get at least one Democrat to support the nomination.

In Brownback's "State of the State" message, he talked about school funding.

Lawmakers and campaigners have expressed concern that Brownback's Republican and Christian Conservative views will infringe on same-sex marriage and abortion rights.

This morning Colyer said, "I believe in transparency".

Brownback won election to the Senate in 1996, when he defeated Sen.

Democrats were strongly opposed to the nomination of Brownback, who ranked in polls as one of the country's most unpopular governors, in part due to his history of anti-LGBTQ policy. "Condemning such horrific human rights abuses should never be a heavy lift for anyone who seeks to represent our nation on the global stage". Others argued that the International Religious Freedom office will be significantly larger, and the change does not suggest that the Trump administration is uninterested in the subject.

"The Senate's confirmation of a new ambassador today could not have come soon enough", said USCIRF Chairman Daniel Mark. "We are witnessing enormous challenges to religious freedom around the globe".

"Sometimes politics trumps friendships around here", Hatch said. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote on the Senate floor. Since the 1870s, each vice president has done this fewer than 10 times during his tenure. Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie to ensure Brownback's confirmation. For all of 2017, Republicans numbered 52, compared with Democrats at 48.

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