Friday, March 27, 2009

Republican senator opposes Obama's Iraq envoy pick

Republican senator opposes Obama's Iraq envoy pick; Reuters

A Republican senator vowed on Wednesday to block nomination of President Barack Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to Iraq, saying he had mismanaged talks with North Korea and ignored its human rights record.

The North Koreans "are now just as hostile and dangerous as ever," Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas told the Senate.

His opposition could make things difficult for nominee Chris Hill, because if a senator objects to a vote being held it would take 60 senators to approve his nomination, and the Democrats control only 58 seats in the Senate.

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