Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks throughout a press conference with fellow mayors and members of Congress outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Wednesday to advance the election of Eric Garcetti to be U.S. ambassador to India, sending it to the complete chamber for approval.
The vote on the previous Los Angeles mayor was 13 to 8, with Democrats ballot in his favor and winning over 2 Republicans:Sen Todd Young of Indiana andSen Bill Hagerty of Tennessee.
The vote is a favorable indication for Garcetti, whose election has actually been held up given that it was made in July 2021, in part since of concerns about his handling of unwanted sexual advances claims versus an assistant while he was mayor. Garcetti has actually rejected any misdeed.
It is unclear when the complete Senate will vote on his election; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stated Tuesday he intended to bring it up “soon.” Garcetti requires an easy bulk to win verification.
The Foreign Relations Committee authorized Garcetti’s election in January 2022, however he never ever got a complete Senate vote due to opposition from a number of senators, consisting of some Democrats.
The U.S. does not presently have an irreversible ambassador to India, despite the fact that President Joe Biden and his administration, together with numerous members of Congress, see the nation as a crucial tactical partner in the shared objective of including the increase of China.
Biden re-nominated Garcetti to the position previously this year after it lapsed at the close of the last Congress.