Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

August 1, 2014 5:01 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America's new envoy to Russia.

When the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey, sought approval of several diplomats in a single vote late Thursday, Enzi objected. That put off all those nominations just as the Senate prepared for its August recess.

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