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Breaking Biden’s diplomatic logjam

October 22, 2021

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.

By the numbers: Only nine of Biden’s ambassador picks have been confirmed to date. By Oct. 18 of the first year of prior administrations: