Senate Cmte. Votes a Strong Yes on Hillary Clinton
By Glenn Kessler
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) this morning won overwhelming backing from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be the next Secretary of State.
On a vote of 16-1, the panel voted to send her nomination to the Senate floor, where she is not expected to face any obstacles to full confirmation. She fielded few tough questions at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, as Democrats and Republicans alike praised her for her intellect and her abilities.
The sole negative vote was from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who said he was concerned about the overseas charitable fundraising activities of her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Vitter decried the former president's foundation as a "multimillion dollar minefield of conflicts of interest."
In a deal with the transition team, the former president agreed to annually release the names of overseas donors. Clinton shrugged off calls from some committee members to amend the agreement in order to provide greater and more timely disclosure of overseas contributions during her tenure as secretary.
Posted at 11:08 AM ET on Jan 15, 2009
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