Two US ambassadors confirmed, dozens more wait

The US Capitol building is pictured in Washington, DC, on July 29, 2011The Senate confirmed US ambassadors to Kuwait and Qatar on Thursday, as top Democrats laid into Republicans for slow-walking dozens more of President Barack Obama’s nominations. Career Foreign Service officers Douglas Silliman and Dana Smith were confirmed as the new envoys to Kuwait and Qatar, respectively. Smith’s confirmation process took a relatively quick two months, but Silliman’s lasted seven months, a length of time that has become more the rule than the exception in a thoroughly gridlocked Senate. “I really appreciate it today, we get two ambassadors,” Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said sarcastically on the Senate floor.

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