The Senate has approved Thomas R. Nides from Minnesota to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
Nides was one of the many State Department positions that GOP senators tried to block from swift confirmation via holds. The nominees can be confirmed by a voice vote without the hold, which takes only minutes and can be used as long as there are no senators opposed. After another failed attempt, Democrats have renewed their efforts to put his nomination to a vote Wednesday night.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Nides “cares very much about strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship, so this will be a good day for that relationship.”
“I am glad that the Republican hold on Mr. Nides was lifted,” Schumer stated. Schumer said, “I have known him for many decades. He is just the right fit .”
Nides started his Washington campaign in 1986 while working for Rep. Tony Coelho (the Democratic majority whip). He worked as a staffer for Democratic House Speaker Tom Foley in the early stages of his career. He was the chief of staff to Mickey Kantor, United States Trade Representative. Barack Obama appointed him as deputy secretary for state for management and resource in 2010.
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