Brower's nomination as prosecutor advances

WASHINGTON -- Gregory Brower's confirmation to become the chief federal prosecutor for Nevada advanced in the Senate on Thursday, on pace for the nominee possibly to begin work by Christmas.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Brower to become U.S. attorney in the state without debate and without objection.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is trying to schedule a full Senate vote on Brower before the Senate recesses for the holidays, Reid spokesman Jon Summers said.

Brower, 43, is a former Nevada assemblyman from Reno who currently is general counsel for the Government Printing Office in Washington.

He was nominated by President Bush to succeed Daniel Bogden, one of nine U.S.attorneys whose forced departures in the past year were challenged by Democrats in Congress.