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 GillibrandNow is the time for a US data protection agency The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate Ginsburg, accepting lifetime achievement award, urges working fathers to take an active role in kids' lives MORE (N.Y.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) voted against the nomination.

Brown was unseated in 2012 by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll 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 Schumer Sanders blasts Trump for picking 'completely unqualified' Pence for coronavirus response Trump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report 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.