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The Senate was split 50-50 on whether to advance the nomination of Colin Kahl, President BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE's pick to be under secretary of Defense for policy, to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
The tiebreaking vote was Harris's fourth overall as vice president but her first for a Biden nominee, according to data from the Office of the Secretary of the Senate.
"On this vote, the 'yeas' are 50, the 'nays' are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative, and the motion is agreed to. ... The nomination will be placed on the executive calendar. Thank you," Harris said while presiding over the chamber on Wednesday.
Harris elbow-bumped Sen. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax MORE (D-Colo.) on her way up to the presiding officer's chair and later chatted with Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinGOP eyes new strategy to derail Biden infrastructure plan White House defends 'aspirational' goal of 62,500 refugees Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' MORE (D-Ill.), Jack ReedJack ReedFive questions about Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal Overnight Defense: Biden nominating first female Army secretary | Israel gets tough on Iran amid nuclear talks | Army's top enlisted soldier 'very proud' of officer pepper sprayed by police MORE (D-R.I.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), all of whom served with her in the Senate.
Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHow to save the Amazon rainforest Biden to offer 22K additional guest worker visas, 6K targeted toward Northern Triangle GOP Rep. Steve Stivers plans to retire MORE (R-Ohio), who was in the chamber to give a speech on Biden's infrastructure plan, referenced Harris's presence before diving into his speech.
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