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Senate confirms HRC, Rice nomination proceeds to full Senate

The Senate voted 94 to 2 to confirm Hillary Rodham Clinton as Barack Obama’s secretary of state this afternoon. "After healthy debate from both the Foreign Relations Committee and today from the full Senate, I’m pleased and honored to be among the first to call my colleague and dear friend Hillary Clinton ‘Madam Secretary,’" said ...

The Senate voted 94 to 2 to confirm Hillary Rodham Clinton as Barack Obama's secretary of state this afternoon.

The Senate voted 94 to 2 to confirm Hillary Rodham Clinton as Barack Obama’s secretary of state this afternoon.

"After healthy debate from both the Foreign Relations Committee and today from the full Senate, I’m pleased and honored to be among the first to call my colleague and dear friend Hillary Clinton ‘Madam Secretary,’" said Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a statement.

"Hillary Clinton will do a tremendous job rebuilding our alliances, strengthening our international standing, and advancing America’s interests abroad," Kerry’s statement continued. "I congratulate her on this much-deserved diplomatic role and look forward to working with the State Department and President Obama to restore America’s rightful place in the international arena."

In addition, a Hill staffer notes that "Susan Rice was successfully reported out of the Foreign Relations Committee today, setting up a likely confirmation vote by the full Senate tomorrow. Contrary to expectations, no Republican showed up at the business meeting to vote against her and the matter was handled with a voice vote."

Laura Rozen writes The Cable daily at ForeignPolicy.com.

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