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 GillibrandJuan Williams: Warren on the rise 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown 2020 Democrats vow to expand abortion access at Planned Parenthood event MORE (N.Y.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) voted against the nomination.

Brown was unseated in 2012 by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrat: 'My DM's are open and I actually read & respond' Group of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution 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 SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' 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.