Committee Approves Clinton for State Job

Posted January 15, 2009 at 9:12am

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 16-1 on Thursday morning in favor of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) nomination to be secretary of State, with only conservative Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) voting “no.”

“Sen. Clinton did an outstanding job before the committee,” Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) said, hailing Clinton’s testimony during the panel’s Tuesday hearing.

The committee vote was cast just minutes before Clinton was scheduled to give her farewell address on the Senate floor. Her secretary of State confirmation now moves to the full Senate for consideration.