January 20th, 2009
09:55 AM ET
13 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. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    At least someone has some sense.

    January 20, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. OKIE

    Yea, keep her from getting in easily! I'm sure she will get in but don't make it easy for her!!!!!!

    January 20, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Wise up

    Bill and Hillary's conflicts of interest need to be thoroughly investigated. We don't need a tainted Secretary of State.

    January 20, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Meka

    Republican's, still being divisive. President Obama is ready to 'Hit the Ground Running', but of course . . . Republican's are trying to place a HOLD ON AMERICA'S GOVERNMENT!

    January 20, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Jeremy Muller

    ...and so the Republican obstructionism begins....

    January 20, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Tim

    Ah, yes....The obstructionist politics starting even before the inauguration. And a senator from Texas....Who would have guessed?

    January 20, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    CNN, find out who formally objected to confirming Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State today.

    If the Republicans are going to be obstructionists, let us know who the individuals are.

    This is a day for unity.

    January 20, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. budburgoonclark

    Typical of the Rethuglicriminals ...

    January 20, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. ran

    It has already started. The Republicans still do not get it. CNN find out who this person is.

    January 20, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Ray Fisher

    Always one bad apple in every barrel to hamper progress. The Republicans simply can't seem to admit defeat so they obstruct. It is a vicious circle of politics!!!

    January 20, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. BB

    The republicans brought this country to it's knees, and now they want to prevent the help we need to get back up. VOTE THE RASCALS OUT

    January 20, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Susan

    Didn't see that one comin . . . They're just bitter today.

    January 20, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. RealityKing

    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..

    January 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. jackson smith

    How typical of Republicans. On a day, and at a time, for unity, they start their usual obstructionist and mean-spirited tactics. No big surprise. You would think that they would have learned that divisiveness doesn't work. It didn't work for Palin, and it won't work for ANY Repub. any longer. Too bad they're not all leaving town with W and Laura today.

    January 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. JC in SC

    Hey Wise up
    Let's investigate the whole lot! It'll cost millions of bucks and they'll all be tainted. Wise up!
    Um, additionally, she should be the President in two hours; However, she'll make a great, perhaps the greatest, Secretary of State in US history. This is all about broohaha, not what she is destined to deliver in style, grace, efficiency and effectiveness in her continued superlative service to our country!!

    January 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Mike

    Same old politics, no wonder the us is in shambles

    January 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Babs

    Good for which ever senator(s) stopped the unanimous vote! And it isn't that the Republicans are trying to be decisive. For you staunch Hillary supporters, look at her husband, and don't tell me she really doesn't know who has contributed money to she and her husband. Putting her in as Sect of State was "payback" and watch ... Billy boy will get his hand in the pot one way or the other. I can't believer that Obama couldn't find someone with out the baggage of a former president who disgraced that office. And please remember she was a carpet bagger running for the NY Senate seat in NY... Most people have memories like gnats.

    January 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. BUSH BEGONE, HALLELUJAH!

    Memo to neo-cons and bible-beaters.

    Please note the millions of American citizens that have braved 20 degree weather from 3 A.M. 'til noon. You would be wise to TIVO these scenes, then when you feel like being an obstructionist, review the TIVO scenes.

    Then you can decide if you want to get on board or be run over, but you will NOT be able to stop the people of America.

    January 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. uchideshi

    Ya'll had weeks to investigate supposed conflicts of interest. Put childish things aside and let the man get to work.

    January 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Florida John

    LOL!!! I do see that the Dems are getting a taste of their own medicine. It is interesting to me that people call the obstructionist when it is a Dem and good for the country when the nominee is a Republican.

    There is a clear problem with Bills ties. Do you want the Fox in the Hen House?????? They are not saying she will not get it, this needs to be looked at. The Dems are trying to steam roll this and that makes me more questioning.

    I also hope we know who it is so we can say Thank You for standing up for the good of our country.

    Change??????

    January 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. GaVoter

    It better had been one of our clear thinking Senators. Because after Dr. Rice, Hillary is one giant leap backwards for America.

    January 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Isaac

    Poor losers.

    Well, get used to it...

    January 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Sanity has returned

    Let em do the roll call..Hillary is in. This obstructionism is going to hurt the GOP more than their rubberstamping did the past 8 yrs. Move over for 2010.. I predict 63 Dem Senators in Obama's 2nd term.

    January 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Rebecca

    Do any of you remember what the Dems did to John Ashcroft? The way they battered one of the most honorable men in politics at his confirmation hearings was disgraceful. And yet, you all dare to comment about a Republican questioning the ethics of a Clinton?!! Oh, well, nothing new under the sun...

    January 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Stacy from Leesburg VA

    I do not like the whole secret thing...cast your vote in the eye of the public and make your position known. State why you voted that way so it's on the record. I object to secret votes in the U.S Senate for either party. Nothing disenfects better than casting light on the subject.

    January 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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