By Ramsey Cox
The Senate confirmed Michael Anderson Lawson to be U.S. Representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization nearly a week after a jetliner was downed in eastern Ukraine.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Lawson could have been confirmed last week if it weren’t for Republican “spite.”
Reid said in his new position Lawson would serve a U.N. organization that could help investigate the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have been accused of shooting down the jetliner that was carrying nearly 300 people.
Through a voice-vote the Senate also confirmed Eunice Reddick to be U.S. ambassador to Niger.
Reid has criticized Republicans for delaying votes on more than 20 pending nominations to U.S. ambassadorships around the world.
“Republicans are stalling executive nominees vital to our national security to get back at Democrats? How does that work?” Reid said last week. “Stalling these nominees is jeopardizing America’s interests abroad.”
The Senate also voted 94-0 to confirm Julie Carnes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court.