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Clinton Confirmation Delayed

The Senate delayed a planned vote on the nomination of Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) for Secretary of State yesterday due to objections from Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). Despite roadblocks to Clinton's appointment, the Senate confirmed seven nominees yesterday, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, according to the Washington Post.

Cornyn called for a roll-call vote of Clinton's nomination because "important questions remain unanswered concerning the Clinton Foundation and its acceptance of donations from foreign entities," according to the San Antonio Express. A vote on Clinton's nomination is expected as early as today.

Last week, Clinton's nomination was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a 16 to 1 vote. Senator Vitter was the sole vote in committee against her nomination. Vitter claimed he voted against the confirmation because of questions concerning donors to the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. However, Senator Clinton and President Clinton provided more information on donations to the foundation than any other nominee has in confirmation history and more than is legally required.

Media Resources: Feminist Daily Newswire 1/16/09; San Antonio Express 1/21/09; Washington Post 1/21/09