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Clinton Nomination Vote Delayed

By Glenn Kessler
The Senate delayed a vote on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's nomination to become secretary of state after a Republican lawmaker objected to a planned voice vote today.

Clinton, whose nomination was approved last week by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a vote of 16-1, had hoped to immediately begin her job today after a voice vote. But a single senator can block such a vote, and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said he would insist on "a full and open debate" on what he considered potential conflicts of interests caused by the fundraising practices of the foundation run by former president Bill Clinton.

The former president has agreed to disclose his overseas donors but some Republicans have urged the New York senator to amend the agreement to provide even greater and more timely disclosure.

The Senate will likely hold a roll call vote on Clinton's nomination early on Wednesday.

Posted at 3:09 PM ET on Jan 20, 2009  | Category:  Hill Transition
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Darn. We only managed two "no" votes on Clinton's nomination.

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 5:57 PM

Wasting the Senates time and the taxpayer$ money... doin a heckova job Cronie.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 21, 2009 10:37 AM

"I LIKE Both of my Texas Senators! :-)

It is the other 48 I have issues with! :-("

Well, if an educated individual like yourself vouches for Cornyn, he *MUST* be awesome.

Posted by: jondaman21 | January 20, 2009 9:36 PM


Now that GW and Tom DeLay are gone, it is reassuring that America will not go down the drain due to the great actions of good old boys like Cornyn.

God bless you, sir. A world class state.

Posted by: briandvdsavage | January 20, 2009 7:34 PM

I hope BOTH Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and John Cornyn insist on the same when Barack's little Global Poverty Act(World Income Tax) comes around hoping for a "Voice" Vote as well!

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 20, 2009 6:21 PM

And once again everyone can see why;


I LIKE Both of my Texas Senators! :-)

It is the other 48 I have issues with! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 20, 2009 6:18 PM

Can I get a voice-vote for a monument for Sen. Cornyn in Statuary Hall!?

Posted by: lockmallup | January 20, 2009 6:06 PM

Senator Cornyn wants to talk about conflict of interest now that Dick Chenney is out????? Please.............

Posted by: cbl0213 | January 20, 2009 4:19 PM

Outstanding! Glad to see someone in the Senate has some cajones! Way to go John!

Posted by: flintston | January 20, 2009 4:05 PM

Sen. Cornyn is welcome to debate. He just shouldn't be surprised when the senate moves to end debate and invoke cloture in short order.

Posted by: jlaprise | January 20, 2009 3:57 PM


Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2009 3:16 PM

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