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Foreign Relations Committee approves Brownback's nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gov. Sam Brownback is one step closer to being confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
 
Brownback's nomination has passed the Senate Foreign Relations committee and is moving on to the full U.S. Senate. Brownback was first nominated back in July but the nomination was opposed by Democrats and LGBT groups. By rule, any appointee who has not received a confimation vote by the end of the year must again be nominated unless senators agree unanimously to carry the nomination into the next year.
 
If approved by the Senate, Brownback would depart his role as governor, elevating Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer into that position.