Ambassador to Korea confirmed as state dinner hour approached
October 13th, 2011
09:39 PM ET
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Ambassador to Korea confirmed as state dinner hour approached

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate confirmed Sung Y. Kim to be the next U.S. Ambassador to South Korea on Thursday after a Republican Senator lifted a hold on the nomination that threatened to halt the current momentum in strengthening ties between the two countries.

Following a unanimous consent request by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) to move the nomination forward, Kerry's request was approved without objection. Kim's confirmation came just minutes before South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was to address a joint meeting of Congress, and a few hours before President Obama was set to host a State dinner at the White House in Lee's honor.

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  1. TEW

    Notice how the Grand Obstructionist Party can find the time to lift confirmation holds when it benefits them but continues to hold up confirmation of important offices to protect the citizens of America. Please vote these self serving party of the rich and religious purist out in 2012 so that we can restore sanity to our nation

    October 13, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. Larry L

    The Republicans want our country to fail. Nothing is easy with them obstructing every action in our Congress. They are political terrorists.

    October 13, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. Republican who supports President Obama

    What a joke. There has to be changes implemented to stop this obstruction from continuing. There should be a 3 month window for confirmation and the final vote. If the vote does not take place by the final day that person gets the post/position/etc. End of Story. There was NO reason to hold up the confirmation vote attributable to the person whatsoever. It is all about politics and 'what's in it for me'.

    The games have to stop. The GOP is wasting everyone's time with this childish tactic.

    October 14, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |