January 15th, 2009
10:20 AM ET
14 years ago

Senate committee endorses Clinton for State Department

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/15/art.cnnlive.cnn.jpg caption=" The Senate Foriegn Relations Committee endorsed Hillary Clinton's nomination to be Secretary of State Wednesday."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday morning to send the nomination of Sen. Hillary Clinton to be secretary of the state to the full Senate.

Senators voted 16 to 1 to report her nomination to the Senate.

Republican committee members suggested during her confirmation hearing earlier in the week that Clinton had not done enough to deal with potential conflicts of interest arising from various fundraising activities tied to her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The Clinton nomination will not reach the Senate floor until after President-elect Barack Obama takes office on Tuesday.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. KLS

    Yea, Hillary Clinton is now Sec. of State!!! She has a horrendous undertaking left by Bush & Co but I know she's the right person!!
    Congratulations Madam Secretary!!

    January 15, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. john from sandiego

    saudi arabia is planning a day in her honor..

    January 15, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Lillie

    Congratulations Secretary of State Clinton!!! Best wishes and let's get to work right away healing relationships with all countries including our allies. Its a MESS!!! And I hope you have surrounded yourself with great people to help you get the job done....a lot of work ahead but I'm confident you"re going to be a great Secretary of State!!!

    Pres. Elect Obama is brillant....he has shown it by making great choices to help him lead. America is on the move to greatness, again!!

    I've always been proud to be an American but for the first time, I really am proud of my country!!!

    Again, congrats Secretary of State Clinton!!!

    January 15, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. J.C.

    Kerry was against her for presidency and now he is endorsing her for SOS.
    What do I know about politics?

    January 15, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. shelby

    So that paragon of virtue David Vitters was the "NO" vote. Yeah, like he has room to talk about anyone else.

    January 15, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. vic

    YEAH for HIllary!!!!!

    January 15, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Brenda, Jackson TN.

    Whew! God bless America. I feel as if I have been away on a long tiring horror filled trip abroad to a third world country . I can see people in the distance waving me home again to my beloved America.

    I will be a better citizen as a result of what I have endured over the last eight years. To have one of my heroes, Hillary Clinton, helping President Elect Obama put it all back together again is just icing on the cake. I don't expect them to be miracle workers, but I will know that the best interest of ALL Americans and our country will reign supreme in all that they say and do. Not just for some of us, but all of us. We now KNOW what can happen when we are pitted against each other. We now know what can happen when the will of the American people is ignored. We now know what can happen when cronyism, and special interest are the key drivers, We all lose in the end.

    January 15, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. williefloyd

    Hope she doesn't have to go to BOSNIA. My only disappointment in the Obama administration.

    January 15, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. K

    "Sen" Vitter is a joke. Voting no on Hillary? What a jerk. This is the guy who was caught with prostitutes. Lowlife Vitter has to ruin a unanimous vote in favor of the the great Hillary Rodham Clinton for Secretary of State.

    Hillary is a brilliant woman who should be the one being sworn in next week as the new President of the U.S. Hillary is clearly the most qualified and deserved the Presidency. The Democratic party, including the bloviating John Kerry, betrayed her and ALL women in favor of the unqualified Barack Obama. The very undemocratic 2008 campaign debacle is a national disgrace. CNN has been a cheerleader for Obama and it continues today. Kyra what's her name was just praising Obama again on CNN...blah blah blan

    Hillary 2012!

    January 15, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. sandee in Portland

    While I support PE Obama, I'm sorry to hear this. Hillary has one of the most abrasive personalities I've ever seen. People either love her or hate her.

    ....and to K...thank God she isn't being sworn in next week as our President. Our country is a democracy not a dynasty. The Clintons have been in power for far too long, just like the Bush clan.

    January 15, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. MD

    Wow, after such a gruelling hearing? I mean, John Kerry was so thorough and probing with his questions. Any criminal should pray that John Kerry is the prosecutor in his case.

    January 15, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Virginia

    I hope this won't last too long-another Clinton this close to the White House is toooooo scary!

    January 15, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Moxie

    Let's see...maybe if I try this again it MIGHT make it to air.

    January 15th, 2009 12:00 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    This is for Dave Spencer. Don't you feel silly? You are pretty much the only one on the board who still harbors an illogical hatred of a woman who has done nothing to you (maybe that's the problem). All she has done is serve her country in a courageous and intelligent manner for most of her life! Go live in one of these countries that don't get to vote. Then perhaps you will really appreciate what you have.

    January 15, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. matty

    go hillary
    you should be our president
    as for vitter, the guys a tool

    January 15, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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