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Senate confirms U.S. ambassador to Canada

Obama campaign bundler and Goldman Sachs partner Bruce Heyman is on his way to Ottawa.

The Senate unanimously voted Wednesday night to confirm Heyman as the U.S. ambassador to Canada six months after Obama nominated him.

At his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in December Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., asked Heyman about the citizenship of Santa Claus.

“It’s from my understanding, Santa Claus has a special right of being a citizen of the world, and he can enter U.S. space without …” Heyman answered seriously before Menendez interjected.

Well, you have displayed your diplomatic abilities in an extraordinary fashion,” the senator said.

Heyman, a Chicagoan who raised more than $1 million for Obama last cycle, tweeted after the Senate vote:


In other confirmation action, the Senate approved Sarah Bloom Raskin to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and James H. Shelton III to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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