U.S. Ambassador to Canada Nominee Bruce Heyman Senate Hearing Is Today

Update:  Read Heyman’s opening statement here.

Bruce Heyman, President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Canada, will come before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations today.  Heyman will be one of seven White House nominees, split between three panels, having a Wednesday confirmation hearing.

Should Heyman win committee approval, his nomination will then proceed to the full Senate for a vote.

From CBC News:

During the long delay in announcing a nomination for the ambassador position, there was speculation that Heyman’s complex investment portfolio may have disqualified him from the job during the vetting process or led him to lose interest in the appointment.

In the absence of a quick replacement for Jacobson, American diplomat Richard Sanders has been acting as chargé d’affaires at the American embassy.

If Heyman’s nomination is approved by the committee it will then be voted on by the Senate.

And The Globe and Mail suggests Heyman, if confirmed, will enjoy an active portfolio courtesy of the Keystone XL pipeline:

With the controversial decision on the Keystone XL pipeline still unmade and bedeviling relations between the two countries; Mr. Heyman can expect a turbulent first few months once he gets to Ottawa.

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