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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  1. Gina in Racine Wi

    Thats ok....let the Republican's keep on with their "hating".....there is another Election in 2010 and then 2012.

    The Voter's can keep weeding out these GOP, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity inspired Bimbos, that won't allow Congress to get anything done.....and won't allow our Country to become the Greatest Country in the World, once again.

    I am glad they will do a Roll Call Vote so that the Voter's can see who they are.....we need to know who is holding up this Administration.....who does need to "hit the ground running". Obama is willing and able to do this.....will he have the cooperation of his Congress?

    The same goes for Reid and Pelosi.....don't show your ?*& now......if you want this Country to get back on track....don't pull your Power Plays and Publicity Stunts....or the voter's will see that CONGRESS (or should I say "Certain Members" of Congress) are the problem...... not the new President.

    Then we will all say "bye bye" to you when your term is up also.

    January 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Larry C. in Houston TX

    Sounds like the GRIDLOCK has already started !!

    January 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Mike in Seattle

    TPM has a link to a reuters story that has cornyn opposing.

    January 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Terry

    The strategy of Conservative leadership since 1860 has been: block, delay, stall, prevent, obstruct, hinder the nation from solving any of its problems.

    January 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Citizen from NY

    Takes a Republican to throw the "monkey wrench" into just about anything and everything!

    January 20, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. GaVoter

    The progressive sheep had better get use to republicans blocking progressives spending away our grandchildren's futures..

    January 20, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Rick in WA

    You are all so right. Who needs checks and balances now that our new King is on the throne. Funny how the party in power always calls for unity. Where were those calls during the last 8 years? American's have the long term memory abilities of a garden slug.

    January 20, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Ethics Please

    Good for him. IF she gets confirmed, she will be working for you and me. The Senate is just another hiring committee.

    As for this boss, I will tell you I am sick to death of all the greed and double speak going on in this country. The Clintons are masters at it. As for the "MOU" there are way too many loopholes in it. AT the time it was drafted we didn't know the full extent of corruption and greed in this country. It may have been written differently knowing what we know now. The Clintons agreed to full disclosure and I want more disclosure.

    When was the last time you went on a job interview and TOLD THE HIRING COMMITTEE you were NOT going to change? Did you get the job? When did you have a review with your boss and he levied some criticism at something you had or had not done and asked for improvement. Did you SAY WELL I'M NOT CHANGING. Did you keep your job?

    It is OUR job she is applying for and I think she should adhere to ALL questions posed by the hiring committee. We have seen ENOUGH corruption in the past few months to last this country an eternity.

    January 20, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Take the Gloves Off Mr. Holder

    Try George Bush and Cheney for crimes

    If Bill Clinton could be impeached for a " Lewinsky" ... a BJ ... isn't any reasonable, non-partisan American concerned that this administration has committed far more serious crimes?

    January 20, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Champ

    It wouldn't surprise me if it were David Vitter, the disgraced senator from Louisiana. The guy is a total douche.

    January 20, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. MikeH

    Ga Voter = Republican 50-Cent soldier

    January 20, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Humored In Texas

    Remember, many of these same GOP clowns approved Mike Brown, unanimously as FEMA Director! We all know how well that worked out, don't we?!?!?!?!

    Bush: "You're doin' a great job, Brownie!"

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

    As worthless as Rice was ? Rice was a "bushie" puppet, as the press secretaries were....but Rice was only geting Paid more, that's all.

    January 20, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. legal in nc

    The Republicans are looking out for the democrats here. With the already tainted choices of Obama's cabinet they are wanting to make sure that Obama's "pristine image" of selections is upheld to his standards.

    Looking out for country first, not party lines!

    January 20, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Angie

    the repubs are poor losers. they don't mind messing with peoples lives. they are HATERS OF UNITY. they have the attitude "its their way or no way", that why this country is in such a mess. let it go losers. sit back and take notes. you just might learn something.

    January 20, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. KofTX

    They just don't get it do they? Oh well....we can look forward to a few decades of Democratic Presidents.

    Hillary 2016!!!

    January 20, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Joe in NJ

    "Boo Hoo! Boo Hoo! The evil Republicans are being obstructionists!"

    As if the Democrats never obstructed a Republican.

    January 20, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. whoknew

    It was the young punk republican from VA...who else drinks that much republican coolaid....

    January 20, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Natasha/Ohio Democrat

    The GOP really has no real ground for this country. They are really trying to make something wrong happen. Whom ever you are it will never be your anyway or any GOP member so get over yourself.

    January 20, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Barack Obama is still just B.O.

    How closed minded can the dimocrats be????
    If it were a republican, then it's democracy, but if it's Obama, then it's the will of God and by questioning him, you are anti US.
    Are these the same people who did everything possible to undermine the last 8 years.
    How stupid are the dimocrats???
    I guess we will find out in the next 4 years. As if the last two they ran congress hasn't given us any idea.

    January 20, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. PDX Gal

    Typical. Why do anything helpful at all when you can tie down the coat tails of progress with red tape? Tell us who this is CNN- so that we will know where to expect the filibuster efforts to come from...

    January 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Anonymous

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

    January 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Jayden, FL

    I bet its David Vitter!

    January 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Jen K

    Sen. John Cornyn is the one objecting... and I think it is more a case of Sen Cornyn grandstanding again (threatening fillibusters comes to mind) than anything else. He's gearing up for a Presidential run in 2012, so he is attempting to fill the leadership void in the GOP...

    January 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. ME AT FL

    This is a day for unity and the repugs continue to bring disunity to this country. We had that for the last 8 yrs and they want to continue. NO wonder the Republican party is going down!! Let them do the roll call she'll win regardless.

    January 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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