The vote to confirm Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State was nearly unanimous today. Two “Republican senators—David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina—voted against her nomination while 94 senators voted in favor.”
At one point during the debate over Clinton’s confirmation Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chariman, John Kerry spoke on the Senate floor calling for a “swift confirmation” of Clinton and the Washington Wire also notes that John McCain joined in and went to bat for Clinton, calling for her “quick confirmation as secretary of State without a lengthy roll-call vote.”
Hillary Clinton was sworn in as “former President Clinton and her Senate staff looked on.” Her “childhood friend and D.C. appeals court Associate Judge Kathleen Oberly swore her in on a Bible belonging to the former first lady’s late father, in a ceremony in her Senate office.”
Keeping with tradition, America’s new chief diplomat will be treated to a welcoming ceremony with employees Thursday morning in the State Department, agency officials said.
Immediately after the ceremony, Clinton submitted her resignation from the Senate with identical one-sentence letters to Vice President Joe Biden, who serves as president of the Senate, Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson and New York Gov. David Paterson.
Paterson must now move on announcing his decision for Clinton’s replacement in the Senate. Word has it that Caroline Kennedy “has withdrawn from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York,” citing her uncle Ted Kennedy’s health as her “most important priority,” and a “situation not conducive to starting a high profile public job.”