Brownback was approved on party-line 50-49 vote. "We applaud President Trump's nomination and the Senate's confirmation of Sam Brownback to promote religious freedom around the world, a significant accomplishment which helps fulfill the president's promise to address this issue", concluded Perkins.
Democrats adamantly opposed Brownback's confirmation, citing concerns over his stance toward the LGBT community and alleging that Brownback also did not value women's religious rights.
Brownback doubled down on his discriminatory record during his hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on October 4, when he pointedly refused to answer Senator Tim Kaine's (D-VA) repeated question on if there were "any circumstance under which religious freedom can justify criminalizing, imprisoning, or executing somebody based on their LGBT status could be deemed acceptable because somebody asserts they are religiously motivated in doing so". Pence returned to the floor and broke the tie, voting in favor of Brownback's nomination.
With Brownback overcoming the procedural hurdle, a final vote on his nomination is expected to happen this week.
The White House nominated Governor Sam Brownback, who served in the Senate from 1996-2011, for the position in July of a year ago. The vote advanced the nomination to the full Senate.
While most cloture votes requires 60 votes, Brownback only needed a simple majority to end debate.
Brownback had repeatedly said he would remain as governor until his confirmation is finalized. He will now be in a position to continue this important work as our Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom.
"Sam Brownback has always been called to fight for those of all faiths", said Roberts. His personal and professional commitment to fighting for religious freedom will make him an excellent Ambassador.