Senate confirms three executive nominees

The Senate voted to confirm three of President Obama's executive branch nominees Tuesday.

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Christopher Lu was confirmed by voice vote to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

The Senate voted 99-0 to confirm the nomination of Kevin Whitaker to be U.S. ambassador to Colombia.

Also on Tuesday, the Senate confirmed John Carlin to be an assistant attorney general on a 99-1 vote. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) was the only senator to vote against Carlin's nomination.

Senators are running out the debate clock on a bill that would extend long-term unemployment insurance for five months. That bill is expected to pass by the end of the week and the next procedural vote will be Wednesday morning.