Vice President Mike Pence cleared the way Wednesday for the Senate to vote to confirm Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s nomination as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.
The Senate procedural vote was deadlocked 49-49, with Sens. John McCain and Bob Corker absent, but Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to allow to Senate to move forward with the vote on Brownback’s nomination, according to WIBW. President Donald Trump nominated Brownback in July, but Democrats have opposed his nomination in light of his strong stance against pro-LGBT agendas, like gay marriage and transgender bathrooms.
Brownback was ranked as the second-least popular governor in the nation in 2017, largely in response to his economic policies. His nomination, however, garnered major support from conservatives because of his record of championing religious freedom during his tenure in Congress. Brownback was instrumental in developing and promoting the International Freedom Act of 1998. Should Brownback be confirmed, he will resign as governor and be succeeded by Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. The Senate will vote on Brownback’s confirmation at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
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