By Ramsey Cox
The Senate voted 98-0 Wednesday to confirm Tina Kaidanow to be coordinator for counterterrorism.
With that vote, Kaidanow also received the rank and status of an ambassador-at-large.
Daniel Bennett Smith was confirmed to be an assistant secretary of State on intelligence and research on a 98-0 vote.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Smith was "highly qualified" to be the State Department's top intelligence official.
And the Senate voted 97-0 to confirm Catherine Novelli to be undersecretary of State on economic growth, energy and the environment as well as U.S. alternate governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of five years and U.S. Alternate Governor for the Inter-American Development Bank for a term of five years.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said all of the nominations were “extremely important.”
Reid said the Senate might consider more nominations Wednesday before leaving town ahead of a winter snowstorm.