The Senate confirmed Eric Garcetti because the Biden Administration’s first Ambassador to India on Wednesday, almost two years after the previous Los Angeles mayor was nominated to the diplomatic put up, drawing criticism over allegations that Garcetti mishandled claims of sexual misconduct towards his former advisor.
Garcetti was confirmed in a 52-42 Senate vote Wednesday, with three Democrats—together with Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Mark Kelly (Ariz.)—voting towards the nomination and 7 Republicans—together with Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Susan Collins (Maine)—voting for Garcetti.
The nomination picked up momentum once more final week when two Republican senators—Todd Younger (Ind.) and Invoice Hagerty (Tenn.)—reportedly joined Democrats on the Senate Overseas Relations Committee and voted to carry the nomination to a full Senate vote.
President Joe Biden referred to as the upcoming vote “necessary” at a Tuesday evening fundraiser in Nevada, in accordance to the New York Instances, with White Home reaching out to some senators in current days to make sure his nomination was voted via.
Garcetti, who served as mayor of Los Angeles from 2013 to 2022, was nominated for the posting in July 2021. However his nomination was met with some controversy, as a number of males accused Garcetti’s former advisor, Rick Jacobs, of sexual misconduct in 2020, habits the previous L.A. mayor is accused of understanding about. Garcetti has denied any wrongdoing.
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