Senate Democrats Fail to Delay Rex Tillerson's Confirmation Vote

The weekend's executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries for at least 90 days also has produced negative global responses, and Mexico's president canceled a meeting with Trump after the White House floated the idea of imposing a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady's was thrilled to see a graduate of Huntsville High School and the University of Texas confirmed as the next secretary of state.

Tillerson was widely known for opposing sanctions against Russian Federation in his ExxonMobil corporate life.

The president said it was time to bring "a clear-eyed focus" to foreign relations and "seek new solutions grounded in very ancient truths". He will put our country first and produce results, not just a diplomatic process.

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Climate change denial and Big Oil are running the State Department.

Senator Marco Rubio, who had a testy exchange with Tillerson during his confirmation hearing last month, noted that Secretary of State "is the most important cabinet position that the president has to nominate".

The Senators voting to confirm Rex Tillerson have clearly left their spines at home.

The vote stands in stark contrast to previous roll calls in which nominees were backed overwhelmingly.

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In the role of Secretary of Health, Mr Price would lead Republican efforts to erase former President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

Every secretary of State from the Carter administration until now was confirmed either by voice vote or with 85 "yes" votes or more, according to Senate tallies. They got help from several Democrats who crossed party lines.

During the hearing, Mr. Tillerson also faced scrutiny over close relationships he built with high-level Russian officials as head of ExxonMobil - he was CEO from 2006 through 2016 - and the extent to which those relationships may influence his view of economic sanctions created to contain Moscow's meddling in Ukraine. Her committee testimony was such a devastating display of ignorance and opposition to public education that two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, announced their opposition in speeches on the Senate floor Wednesday. Republicans hold a 52-seat majority.

The delays were temporary, votes expected Tuesday.

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Democrats are determined to thoroughly vet Trump's picks for key posts. Warner had also voted for Tillerson as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. With the rules lifted, the committee advanced the nominations to the floor.


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