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Shaheen Applauds Scheduled Vote on Long-Delayed Nomination of USAID Administrator

Vote on Gayle Smith’s confirmation will take place seven months after nomination

(Washington, D.C.) U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate today reached an agreement to vote on whether to confirm Gayle Smith as the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID):

“Gayle Smith is highly qualified and experienced, and at long last, her nomination is getting the vote it deserves,” said Shaheen. “Unfortunately, there are many other nominees that are ready to serve their country in our foreign policy and national security agencies but are stuck waiting in the wings. Voting on nominees important to our country’s global leadership and defense should be above partisanship, and I urge Republicans in the Senate to allow votes on these remaining candidates.”

Senator Shaheen has led calls in the Senate to end the delay on Smith’s confirmation. Smith was announced as President Obama’s nominee to the post on April 30 and a vote on her nomination is scheduled for November 30.