- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Sam Brownback has agreed to cut short debate on the nomination of veteran diplomat Christopher Hill as the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq, clearing the way for a full Senate vote on his confirmation.

The Senate had voted Monday to end Brownback’s filibuster of Hill’s confirmation but had agreed to allow another 30 hours of debate. After several hours of detailing his objections to Hill’s nomination, The Kansas Republican signaled that he would cut short his opposition, allowing the full Senate to vote Tuesday afternoon.

Hill is the Bush administration’s chief negotiator with North Korea. Hill has accused him of ignoring human rights abuses there and agreeing to a flawed disarmament pact with the communist regime.

Hill is expected to win confirmation from the full Senate.

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