Obama's ambassador appointments on track despite shutdown

The State Department, however, has said it should be able to avoid furloughs, at least for a while. Many employees are considered “essential” because the department is part of the government's “national security cone.” And the department is also sitting on reserves from previous multi-year appropriations.

“The Department expects most offices, bureaus, and State elements at posts to continue to function for a limited period of time even if no new appropriations bill or continuing resolution is enacted by October 1,” a State Department spokesman told The Hill. “Department elements using 'multi-year' funds with available balances will continue operations as long as this funding is available.”

Thirty-five of the president's nominees are currently waiting for Senate confirmation, according to a list compiled by the American Foreign Service Association. They include nominees to high-profile posts such as Canada and the European Union.

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