The Senate cleared several State Department nominations on Friday.

In a 61-36 vote, the Senate confirmed David Saperstein to be U.S. ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

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The Senate was able to confirm several other ambassadorships by voice-vote on Friday. A list follows:

- Robert Barber to be U.S. ambassador to Iceland.

- Mark Gilbert to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa.

- Amy Hyatt to be U.S. ambassador to Palau.

- Arnold Chacon to be Director General of the Foreign Service.

- Virginia Palmer to be U.S. ambassador to Malawi.

- Donald Heflin to be U.S. ambassador to Cabo Verde.

- Michael Kempner to be a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

- Leon Aron to be a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.