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State Dept, DHS Nominees Receive Senate Confirmation

Capitol_BuildingThe Senate has confirmed Michael Hammer on Thursday as U.S. ambassador to Chile with a unanimous vote, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Colby Itkowitz and Al Kamen write that Hammer, a career foreign service officer and assistant secretary of state for public affairs, will escort Vice President Joe Biden and his wife on their state visit to Chile next week.

Kathryn Sullivan has also been confirmed as commerce undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere and Rose Gottemoeller as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security via a 58-42 vote, according to the report.

Other Obama nominees also received confirmation, namely:

  • Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection
  • Suzanne Spaulding, undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security
  • John Roth, inspector general at DHS
  • Rhonda Schmidtlein, member of the U.S. International Trade Commission

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