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22.01.2009 US & Canada

Senate Votes On Hillary Clinton Confirmation

By Daily Guide
Senate Votes On Hillary Clinton Confirmation
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Hillary Clinton The Senate is set to vote Wednesday on whether to confirm Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, objected Tuesday to the confirmation, preventing the Senate from voting by unanimous consent. His objection means that the Senate will hold a roll call vote on Clinton's nomination Wednesday.

Cornyn said he knows Clinton will be confirmed, but said he delayed the vote because he wanted more time to talk about the foundation run by Hillary Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton signed an agreement with the Obama transition team pledging to limit foreign donations and to release annual disclosures of new donations to his foundation.

Cornyn wrote to Hillary Clinton last week to outline his concerns.

"I remain deeply troubled that America's foreign policy and your diplomatic mission will be encumbered by the sweeping global activities of the Clinton Foundation ... unless tighter foreign fundraising restrictions and transparency protocols are adopted by your husband's organization," he wrote in a letter he released to the press.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week voted 16-1 in favor of Clinton's nomination, with Republican David Vitter of Louisiana casting the sole dissenting vote. The committee vote sent Clinton's nomination to the full Senate, the final step in the confirmation process.

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