Senate confirms Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand
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The Senate easily confirmed former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to be President Trump's ambassador to New Zealand on Thursday. 

Senators voted 94-4 on their former colleague, who was considered a lock for the position. Democratic Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate Gillibrand unveils mental health plan MORE (N.Y.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) voted against the nomination.

Brown was unseated in 2012 by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-Mass.). He ran unsuccessfully for Senate in New Hampshire against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. 


Both Shaheen and Warren voted for Brown's nomination. Warren congratulated Brown on his nomination in April, tweeting that he would “make the people of MA proud.”

The former senator is the sixth ambassador of Trump's confirmed to be by the Senate, according to The Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service.  

Trump has blamed Democrats for slow-walking his political nominees and recently urged the Senate to approve more of his picks. 

Democrats can't block a nominee without GOP support, but they have slowed confirmation for many of Trump's nominees and have forced even sub-Cabinet picks to overcome procedural hurdles. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.) fired back at Trump on the Senate floor saying he was to blame for the pace of nomination votes. 

“If the president is looking for someone to blame on the slow pace of confirmations, he needs only to look in the mirror," he said.