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Brownback to meet with Mitch McConnell as confirmation process slows

Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas and a former U.S. senator, appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the nominee to be the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas and a former U.S. senator, appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the nominee to be the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

November 28, 2017

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— Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is traveling to Washington to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell's spokesman, David Popp, confirmed the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday. The Kansas City Star reports Popp would not discuss the reason for the meeting but it comes as Brownback's confirmation to be the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom has slowed, with no final vote scheduled.

Brownback said last week that he hopes his appointment will be voted on before Christmas. He has already handed over some of his most important duties as governor to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, including leadership over the state budget.

Brownback was nominated in July. A Senate committee narrowly approved the nomination in October, amid Democratic concerns about his record on LBGT issues.

Comments

Steve King 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Too funny. His peers are draging their feet. He's Kryptonite...

Richard Heckler 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Why is Gov Brownback still on our tax dollar payroll?

Both he and Colyer seem to have a strong distaste for taxes yet they spend them wildly and increase debt through corporate welfare.

Both.... plus so many of their sheep seem to love tax dollar supported paychecks and expense accounts.

Is there something wrong with this picture?

Richard Heckler 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Russia has the Trump family by the throat as does Turkey and a few others all through financing agreements. Trump should not be in a position such as the White house or in government at all.

Foreign lending institutions own Trump because he cannot obtain loans from American institutions. Of course Putin wants Trump in the White House as does Turkey and China.

It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.

Americans have placed vast military power at the discretion of this mind, a presidential discretion that is largely immune to restraint by the Madisonian system of institutional checks and balances.

So, it is up to the public to quarantine this presidency by insistently communicating to its elected representatives a steady, rational fear of this man whose combination of impulsivity and credulity render him uniquely unfit to take the nation into a military conflict.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-has-a-dangerous-disability/2017/05/03/56ca6118-2f6b-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term=.1869e61262cb

Mark Kostner 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Sam must have really burned some bridges in Washington. His party controls the Senate and he used to be one of them. This is a nothing nomination, maybe a step above a third world hellhole or Antarctica. For him not to have gotten this nomination and walked away from Topeka speaks volumes. If he doesn't get this appointment pretty soon Kansas will be stuck with him for another year. And you can add him to the things you can't rid of like aids, herpes, and a condo in Aurora, CO.

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