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Pence forced to break tie over nomination of Kansas Gov. Brownback for religious freedom post – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence had to go to the Capitol on Wednesday to advance one of President Donald Trump’s diplomatic picks after the Senate deadlocked over his nomination.

The Senate was at a 49-49 stalemate over Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), the nominee for ambassador at large for international religious freedom. That prompted Pence to cast a tiebreaking vote for him in his role as president of the Senate.

The procedural vote highlighted how polarizing a figure Brownback has become during what has been a divisive tenure as governor of Kansas. It also underscored how narrow the Senate Republican majority is and the implications of it for the GOP agenda.

The vote marked the sixth time Pence has had to break a tie in the Senate since the start of the Trump presidency just over a year ago. By comparison, Vice President Joe Biden cast no tiebreaking votes in the Senate during the eight years of the Obama presidency.

During George W. Bush’s presidency, Vice President Richard Cheney cast eight tiebreaking votes.

Wednesday’s vote took a dramatic turn when the Senate’s sharp partisan divide and two key Republican absences forced Pence’s trip to the Capitol.

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