John Connelly 1/26/2021
U.S. Senate confirmed Antony Blinken as Secretary of State
The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Antony Blinken as secretary of state, proposed by U.S. President Joe Biden.
It was reported by Reuters.
During the vote, the Senate, which consists of 100 senators, supported Blinken by 67 votes to 17, which means that within that day he can take the oath of office as the chief diplomat of the United States.
He needed a simple majority in the Democrat-controlled House to be confirmed.
Blinken, 58, is a longtime associate of Biden's, having been his adviser during the Barack Obama administration when Biden was vice president.
Blinken was promoted to the deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama after serving as an adviser to the vice president.
Blinken's hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week went smoothly, with both Democrats and Republicans speaking favorably.
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