The Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Vilsack's 92-7 vote came after he previously led the department under the Obama administration; he told lawmakers he would prioritize "investing in renewable energy ... and delivering science-based solutions to help mitigate and reduce climate change." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voted against Vilsack's confirmation, "becoming the first member of the Senate Democratic caucus to vote against a Biden nominee," Axios notes. Thomas-Greenfield meanwhile was confirmed with a 78-20 vote, joining the Biden administration after a long career as an international diplomat. Republicans opposed her stance on China, pointing to a 2019 speech at an institute accused of pushing Chinese propaganda.

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