Senate confirms Tillerson as secretary of State, in GOP push to fill Trump Cabinet

February 2, 2017

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rex Tillerson as secretary of State, as part of a fast-paced day for majority Republicans who also pushed past Democratic resistance to advance three other President Trump Cabinet picks to a final vote.

The vote to confirm the former ExxonMobil executive as the country’s top diplomat was 56-43.

Earlier in the day, Senate Republicans, frustrated by Democrats’ attempts to delay other Cabinet confirmations, moved swiftly to advance three nominees to a final vote.

On the most contentious nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines, 11-to-9, to approve Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., for U.S. attorney general.

The move came after Democrats dragged out proceedings a day earlier. The committee advanced Sessions to the floor on an 11-9 vote.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Chris Robinette says:

    Time to clean house of the OBama picked dumplomats and let the world know that there will be new agreements to be made and will be on equal benefits not single ones..

  • justinwachin says:

    In November 2018 voters in 23 states will have the chance to replace their Democrat senator. We need to work to turn the Democrat party into an insignificant national party. If those 23 senators are replaced our nation can finally get something accomplished for the people rather than being stuck with petty politics.

  • Harry J Schaubel says:

    It’s about time. At this rate, President Trump will have his Cabinet in time for Christmas Break!…. Well…. Maybe by 4th of July. Do we really need to listen to a 20 minute spiel b4 they actually vote against anyone? Approved Obamas Cabinet in 2 days. Didn’t bat an eye at 30+ “Czars” who were not approved by Congress but made Policy for America. Passed Holder & Lynch with a smile and a pat on the back cause they were Obama sycophants, but raise any and all objections to President Trump’s picks. What they are doing is attempting to make sure that his 100 Day Plan fails. Then they can all jump on CNN, MSNBC, and all their other mouthpieces and claim him a failure because he didn’t Fulfill his campaign promises.
    Besides Fundamentally Changing America (for the worse), what campaign promises did Obama keep? Oh wait. He’s Black so who really cared what he said or did or didn’t do. Even now you can’t get any of those Idiots over there to admit he did anything bad. It was all Bush’s fault or the Republicans fault, right?

    All I can say for sure is the longer they carry on like Melting Snowflakes, the more Americans wake up and ask themselves… “Why did I cast my Vote to put this IDIOT in Office?”…. Can you imagine if the Average Liberal actually sat and looked at what the people they’ve elected are really doing? How many would thro off the yoke of Liberalism and all the other Dividers they’ve put in place and voted their Idiots OUT at Mid-Term. Can you imagine a Washington with 10 Democrats?

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    Surprised more democruds didn’t vote for Tillerson, as he was the one behind gaying the boy scouts. Perhaps they place greater value on being obstructionists.

    When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson served as president of the Boy Scouts, from 2010 to 2012, a sexual abuse scandal was engulfing the organization.

    As lawsuits and reporting by the Los Angeles Times revealed, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) had secretly kept files on thousands of scoutmasters and volunteers accused of sexual violence against children. The cases reached back all the way to 1947, many of which were never reported to law enforcement.

    During Tillerson’s tenure, one particular case was working its way through the Oregon court system, culminating in an October 2012 ruling in the Oregon Supreme Court—four months after Tillerson stepped down as president—that ruled the BSA had to release 1,900 files to the public.

    During Tillerson’s time as president, the BSA instituted mandatory reporting of sexual abuse claims to authorities—but Tillerson never spoke publicly about the pedophilia scandal, nor offered an official apology to any its victims. He remains in a leadership role in the organization to this day.

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