Senate confirms Kennedy to serve as ambassador to Japan

She and more than a dozen other nominees were confirmed en bloc to serve in various agencies by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

The Senate is waiting for the House to pass a conditional adjournment. If they do, the Senate won't return until Oct. 28.

Reid also filed cloture on a motion to end debate Wednesday on the nomination of Richard Griffin to serve as general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board.

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