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Chris Hill confirmed (UPDATED)

A final vote on the nomination of Chris Hill to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq is taking place on the Senate floor now. "He should be flying to Baghdad in the morning," a Democratic Senate foreign policy aide tells The Cable. What happened to Sen. Sam Brownback‘s (R-KS) vow for a full 30 hours of ...

A final vote on the nomination of Chris Hill to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq is taking place on the Senate floor now. "He should be flying to Baghdad in the morning," a Democratic Senate foreign policy aide tells The Cable.

What happened to Sen. Sam Brownback's (R-KS) vow for a full 30 hours of debate on the nomination?

"Brownback had all the time he wanted to vent his concerns, and when he couldn't find enough other Republicans to speak on the floor in opposition, he had to concede," the Democratic foreign policy hand said.

A final vote on the nomination of Chris Hill to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq is taking place on the Senate floor now. "He should be flying to Baghdad in the morning," a Democratic Senate foreign policy aide tells The Cable.

What happened to Sen. Sam Brownback‘s (R-KS) vow for a full 30 hours of debate on the nomination?

"Brownback had all the time he wanted to vent his concerns, and when he couldn’t find enough other Republicans to speak on the floor in opposition, he had to concede," the Democratic foreign policy hand said.

UPDATE: Hill was confirmed in a roll call vote, 73-23, that closed at about 6pm.

Among the 23 all Republican Senators who voted "nay," several who expressed previous public reservations about the choice, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Brownback (R-KS).

"It took much longer than it should have, but I am pleased that Chris Hill has finally been confirmed as President Obama’s Ambassador to Iraq," Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) said in a statement. "He is one of the best diplomats we have in our country. … Ambassador Hill has personally assured me he will get to Baghdad as quickly as he can, and I look forward to working with him and supporting his efforts in any way I can."

"General Petraeus has always said that the cure to Iraq’s troubles will be prescribed not militarily, but politically," Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said in a statement. "The long-overdue confirmation of Ambassador Christopher Hill to be America’s top diplomat in Iraq will bring us closer to that goal and provide critical civilian leadership to secure what our brave troops have accomplished."

 

Laura Rozen writes The Cable daily at ForeignPolicy.com.

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