Senate Committee Approves Clinton
GOP's Vitter is lone dissenter in 16-1 vote
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2009 9:38 AM CST
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., was the lone dissenter in the Foreign Relations Committee vote on Hillary Clinton's nomination for secretary of state.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next US secretary of State. The 16-1 vote paves way for a full Senate vote after Barack Obama takes office Tuesday. The junior senator from New York earned the near-unanimous support of her colleagues—Louisiana Republican David Vitter cast the sole opposing vote. Vitter warned that Bill Clinton's charitable fundraising overseas could pose conflicts of interest.