Politics

Senate Panel Approves Obama's Iraq Envoy Nominee

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday approved Christopher Hill as President Obama's ambassador to Iraq.

But Hill still faces opposition from some Republicans, including Sens. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,

Brownback said he is not yet ready to place a hold on the nomination but he is "exploring other options just short of that."

McCain and Graham wrote a letter to Obama saying Hill lacked the experience in the Middle East and requested that the president nominate someone else.