US Senate confirms Clinton as Secretary of State

January 22nd, 2009 - 12:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Jan.22 (ANI): Hillary Clinton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next secretary of state Wednesday by a vote of 94-2, after questions about her husband Bill Clinton’’s foundation sidetracked her nomination for a day.
A number of senators said before the vote that Clinton, who traveled and met with foreign dignitaries around the world during her time as First Lady, is uniquely qualified for the job. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) and Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) voted against Clinton. She was sworn in at 5:29 p.m. ET, and immediately afterward resigned from the Senate.
President Obamas press secretary Robert Gibbs said Clinton, as the new secretary of state, would attend the White House meeting on Iraq Wednesday afternoon. Sen. John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee which held Clinton’’s hearing, showed some disappointment that the Senate did not act on her nomination on Tuesday, the day Obama was sworn into office. Six other Cabinet appointees were confirmed on Inauguration Day. Clinton’’s confirmation was delayed until Wednesday over the objections from one senator, Texas Republican John Cornyn. He had concerns about foreign donations made to former President Bill Clinton’’s foundation.
But Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on the floor that he had talked to Cornyn and that Cornyn had no objections to a vote Wednesday.
Cornyn spoke with Clinton Tuesday at the Capitol and said the former first lady agreed to more regular disclosure of her husband’’s foundation donations, provided the requirement does not only apply to the Clintons. (ANI)

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