TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Senate is moving toward a vote on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s nomination for an ambassador’s post.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a motion Monday to cut off debate on President Donald Trump’s nomination of the conservative Republican governor to serve as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
McConnell communications director David Popp said in an email that a vote on the motion would occur Friday unless minority Democrats agree to have a vote sooner. Ending debate would clear the way for a second vote on Brownback’s nomination.
Trump first nominated Brownback for the ambassador’s post in July, but his appointment has faced opposition from Democrats and LGBT groups.
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Brownback would resign if he is confirmed. Fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer would be elevated to governor.