Thursday, August 1, 2013
The Senate has approved President Barack Obama's choice to be the next ambassador to the United Nations, as a bipartisan truce on the president's nominations continues to hold.
Senators easily confirmed Samantha Power for the job on an 87-10 vote. Power is a former foreign policy adviser to Obama and outspoken human rights advocate.
Power's approval capped a month in which senators confirmed a stack of mired nominations. Republicans agreed to allow votes on Obama's picks after Democrats agreed to drop plans to make it harder for minority parties in the Senate to block some nominations.
Over the past three weeks, senators have approved Obama's choices to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the FBI and other agencies.