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Democrats Aim to Delay Brownback Confirmation

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is preparing to take office by January.

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Zach C. Cohen
Oct. 31, 2017, 11:06 a.m.

“Democrats plan to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take extra procedural steps on” Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) confirmation “as ambassador for religious liberty because of his record on gay rights.”

“Under current rules, executive appointees such as Brownback only need 51 votes to overcome additional hurdles for confirmation. Republicans control 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats.”

“The situation is awkward for Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who is preparing to transition into his new role as governor. … Colyer’s staff previously has indicated he anticipates being governor by January and expects to reveal an agenda at that time.” (Kansas City Star)

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