Kansas governor's ambassador nomination set to return to White House

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A spokesman for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's nomination for an ambassador's post is set to return to the White House.

McConnell communications director David Popp said in an email Friday that Brownback's nomination is not on a list of those to be carried into next year.

"It doesn't surprise me, just because of what we're seeing in Washington, D.C. Chuck Schumer and the other Democrat senators are doing everything they can to slow down the agenda, this includes not only legislation, but appointments made by President Trump," said Kelly Arnold, Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party.

The Senate finished its business for the year Thursday night without voting on Brownback's nomination by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. Brownback was nominated in July.

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Under the Senate's rules, an appointee whose has not received a confirmation vote by the end of the year must be nominated again unless senators agree unanimously to carry the nomination into the following year. Brownback appears not to have received such unanimous consent.

"Brownback is going to continue to be governor. We are planning for that, leading into 2018. We expect that President Trump will send his nomination right back to the senate. Hopefully, actually, get this done in the next few weeks after that," said Arnold.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer has been taking on more tasks to prepare him in becoming the next governor. 

Calls to the the Governor's Office have not been returned to KAKE News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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