Thomas R. Nides confirmed as ambassador to Israel

The Senate has confirmed Thomas R. Nides of Minnesota to function the following U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Nides is the managing director and vice-chairman of Morgan Stanley. He beforehand served as deputy secretary of state for administration and assets beneath Hillary Clinton from 2011 to 2013.

Nides nomination was amongst dozens of State Division positions that GOP senators have been blocking from a swift affirmation by holds. With out the holds, the nominees may be confirmed by a voice vote, a course of taking solely minutes that can be utilized as long as no senator objects. Democrats renewed their effort to carry his nomination up for a vote Wednesday evening, at some point after one other such effort had failed.

Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stated Nides “cares very a lot about strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship, so this might be a superb day for that relationship.”

“I’m glad the Republican maintain on Mr. Nides has been lifted,” Schumer stated. “I’ve identified him for a few years. He’s simply the correct match.”

Nides launched his Washington profession in 1986 working for Rep. Tony Coelho, the Democratic majority whip. He additionally labored for Democratic Home Speaker Tom Foley early in his profession. In the course of the Clinton administration, he served as chief of workers to United States Commerce Consultant Mickey Kantor. Barack Obama nominated him in 2010 to function deputy secretary of state for administration and assets.

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