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 GillibrandABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls MORE (N.Y.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) voted against the nomination.

Brown was unseated in 2012 by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case 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 SchumerChuck SchumerManchin firm on support for filibuster, mulls making it 'a little bit more painful' to use Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food 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.