January 20th, 2009
09:55 AM ET
14 years ago

Source: GOP objection blocks Clinton unanimous confirmation vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Democrats had hoped to have HillaryClinton confirmed as Secretary of State on Inauguration Day. To do that all senators would need to agree - unanimous consent - or UC in Senate parlance.

But a Senate Democratic leadership sources tells CNN that at least one Republican senator has objected, so now a roll call vote on the Clinton nomination will be held Wednesday.

It was unclear which GOP senators or senators formally objected.

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. PA Canada

    I wonder how much Repugs paid this Guy to make a Fool of himself and his Party? Will they ever change? They can't stomach progress it's too foreign, too novel a concept for these Dim Wit, Card Carrying, Last of the Big Time Spenders to Digest! Clinton's Conficts of Interest,!Tainted SOS! The only conflict of interest and tainting going on is via this anonymous, aka Repugnant Twit!

    January 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    RealityKing said, "Hillary is a symbol of progressive feminism. A women who becomes something by doing pretty much nothing but standing by her lying, cheating double dealing husband..."


    Oh, so like Laura Bush?

    January 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Ommy

    Wow, you would think no Democrat ever obstructed the Bush administration and the Republican majority in Congress. Or did the Democrats go along with everything Bush and the Republicans wanted? How soon we forget. But then again, the people who object to a roll call vote are not about principle, but all about power.

    January 20, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Jon in Denver

    good. she's corrupt.

    January 20, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Jared

    Typical GOP obstructionism.

    They usually get their way with little trouble from us (See Alito and Roberts nominated to Supreme Court), but they do whatever they can to keep our people down...like spoiled children that don't want to share their new toy.

    January 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Mike Dallas

    Even in Texas, we are paying attention Cornyn

    January 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. JRC

    Ah, the well thought out 'Hillary is a carpet-bagger' comment. And the Bush's are really from Texas (see: New England roots, brother gov in Florida), McCain is really from Arizona (also not true), etc.

    January 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Mike

    Who cares if she gets the position today or tomorrow?!?!? Shouldn't today be about Obama?

    Obama's "change" looks like a repeat of Bill's term to me. Let's hope Barack can avoid a multi-year sex scandal during his time in office.

    January 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Unshrub

    Typical, the republicans refuse to play nice. They are more interested in destroying Democrats than they are interested in what is best for the country.

    January 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. hilarious

    He said "Dr. Rice". Guffaw. That's like "Dr. Cosby".

    January 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Bipartisan but Ethical

    It isn't a Republican vs a Democrat thing...it is the right thing to do. Hillary is applying for a job...both Clintons have less than an admirable presumption of ethical behavior when it comes to past and even present business dealings. Does anyone really believe that there isn't a conflict of interest with Bill Clinton's business interest? Of course there is.

    I can't believe Hillary has the lack of diplomacy to announce she would not even consider further disclosure or rule changes to the original MOU. What kind of negotations will she be able to pull off with foreign nations?

    January 20, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Dave in Atlanta

    I'm a dem supporter but I'm afraid I have to agree with the republicans on this one. It's a little hypocritical to call this obstructionist when Condolezza Rice was subjected to a roll call vote as well as a lot of scrutiny in the Foreign Relations commitee. If my memory serves me correctly, some of the toughest questions in commitee came from Barack Obama himself. Let them have their roll call vote. That way when she is confirmed, no one will question her legitimacy. We won't railroad her into the position like Bush did with Bolton.

    January 20, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Remember the demoncats the last 8 years

    This is to all you idiot demoncats who are to stupid to remember the obstructionist liberals when Bush was trying to get his nominations confirmed. Remember Chuckie Schumer fighting against judge Sam Alito? Then we have the debacle of one of Obama's choices not paying social security his taxes from 2001-2004 Timothy Geithner. Uh, lets see, I'm going to nominate a guy who broke the law as Secretary of the Treasury. That is just ludicrous. It just goes to show that not everyone is equal when it comes to the rule of law. Its called selective prosecution. Its to bad when people are so political party blind they can't tell the difference between right and wrong.

    January 20, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Dan, TX

    oh well, not a big deal. It will take an extra couple of days to be official. She's still starting work today....

    January 20, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Wilma

    I'm all for Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State, but don't the senators have the right to object? If one or more senators feel that they can't accept her on behalve of their voters that's also part of democracy isn't it?

    January 20, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. SuznAZ

    Same old obstructionist behavior. When not allowed to make and break the rules of the game, they hide the ball so no one can play. Get on board or get out of the way. This country is moving forward again and we'll repair the damage done in the last 8. GOT HOPE!

    January 20, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Beverly

    Why the uproar? Isn't that the way the process works or does that only apply to the Dems?? Every Senator has a vote and no one should bully them to vote a certain way. It's not stoping the nomination so calm down people!!!

    January 20, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Yousuf- NYC

    Hmm...this does not surprise me....Republicans are pathetic. Obviously they are not interested in the country...look what they have done over the last 8 years...

    Hillary will be alright.

    January 20, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. sick n tired

    Just more "fine print" in the Republicans "contract with America"! I remember! But do the rest of you sheep remember? Judging from some of the posts on this blog my guess would be no!

    January 20, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. S Callahan

    Well, being they are public servants and their vote is represenative of the populace it is only right we KNOW who voted and how.

    January 20, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Larry C. in Houston TX

    They gave the Senate Seat to Burris – with One Republican Voting No
    SO, what's wrong with the 1 "No" Vote with Hillary ?

    I think she should be sworn IN, unless there is a Majority of "No" Votes.

    She was almost president, but cannot be Sec of State. What foolishness. Vote the republican out!

    January 20, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Wendy Pa

    Waiting until tomorrow leaves our country without a secretary of state. Maybe it is just for a day but with the world in the state it is in, one day can mean a lot.

    January 20, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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