Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Breaking: Senate Confirms Tillerson (Update: News on Sessions and DeVos)

 

The US Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Exxon/Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the new Secretary of State. All Republican Senators supported him, along with three Senate Democrats: Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Manchin (WV), and Mark Warner (VA). The final tally was 56 to 43. Sen. Angus King (ME), an independent who caucuses with Democrats, also voted to confirm the nominee.

In other nomination news Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sen. Jeff Sessions’s nomination to become Attorney General on a contentious party-line vote. Meanwhile, Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) have announced that they will not support Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Barring unlikely Democratic support, or other GOP dissent, this leaves the school choice advocate with an expected 50-50 vote in the Senate, requiring Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding vote.

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    So Rubio is okay with war criminals now I guess. (I kid. Glad this went through, but this is one of Trump’s less impressive picks.)

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:09 PM PST
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  2. Profile Photo Member

    Excellent. My modest suggestion for Secretary Tillerson is that he send a note to 51 U.S. Ambassadors advising them that their recent letter of resignation had been accepted effective immediately, then advise the local Marine detachment to escort them from the building.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:10 PM PST
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  3. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief

    Trump should announce that DeVos is the only person he will nominate as the Secretary of Education. If she is voted down, he will work with Congress to shut down the department.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:19 PM PST
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  4. iDad Inactive

    Tell me again about principled conservative Murkowski.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:23 PM PST
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  5. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief

    iDad (View Comment):
    Tell me again about principled conservative Murkowski.

    Like father, like daughter.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:25 PM PST
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  6. Stina Inactive

    You mean… the VP is getting some action? Not just entertaining for the plebs, but the VP, too!

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:25 PM PST
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  7. Seawriter Member

    I think Joe Manchin has said he will vote to approve Trump’s choices. If so, that gives De Vos 51 votes.

    Seawriter

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:28 PM PST
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  8. Western Chauvinist Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):
    Trump should announce that DeVos is the only person he will nominate as the Secretary of Education. If she is voted down, he will work with Congress to shut down the department.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:33 PM PST
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  9. Crazy Horse Inactive

    Texas approves of Mr. Tillerson. I’d prefer Romney, but ain’t no one listening to me anyways.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:36 PM PST
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  10. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Seawriter (View Comment):
    I think Joe Manchin has said he will vote to approve Trump’s choices. If so, that gives De Vos 51 votes.

    Seawriter

    Not if Jeff Sessions is confirmed beforehand.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:49 PM PST
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  11. Profile Photo Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):
    Trump should announce that DeVos is the only person he will nominate as the Secretary of Education. If she is voted down, he will work with Congress to shut down the department.

    I like that.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:52 PM PST
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  12. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):
    Trump should announce that DeVos is the only person he will nominate as the Secretary of Education. If she is voted down, he will work with Congress to shut down the department.

    Then Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski would vote for her, and guys like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee might be forced to vote against her.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:55 PM PST
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  13. Bob Thompson Member

    Both Senators Collins and Murkowski are reported to have said they prefer someone whose commitment to the nation’s public schools is not in question.

    What do we call two Republican Senators who do not acknowledge that each of our 50 states has a state public school system and do not seem to be aware that the nation has no public school system? This is the confusion created by having a Department of Education in the federal government.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 12:56 PM PST
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  14. Profile Photo Member

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):
    Both Senators Collins and Murkowski are reported to have said they prefer someone whose commitment to the nation’s public schools is not in question.

    What do we call two Republican Senators who do not acknowledge that each of our 50 states has a state public school system and do not seem to be aware that the nation has no public school system? This is the confusion created by having a Department of Education in the federal government.

    Yup. Shut ‘er down.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 1:09 PM PST
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  15. drlorentz Member

    Ricochet Editors' Desk: Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Manchin (WV), and Mark Warner (VA)… Sen. Angus King (ME)

    Three out of four of these senators are Class 1 (up for re-election in 2018). Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    Look for more defections of Class 1 Democrats in the future.

    Ricochet Editors' Desk: Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK)

    Class 2 & 3, respectively. Time enough for people to forget.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 1:10 PM PST
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  16. Hammer, The Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):
    Trump should announce that DeVos is the only person he will nominate as the Secretary of Education. If she is voted down, he will work with Congress to shut down the department.

    I would love that so much.

    DeVos is wonderful. I hope it sticks there and Pence votes her in!

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    • February 1, 2017, at 1:11 PM PST
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  17. Doug Watt Member

    Congrats Jon you made the twitter feed of Rorate Caeli.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 2:50 PM PST
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  18. Profile Photo Member

    Manchin has already said he will vote in favor of campaign contributions from the teachers’ union against DeVos.

    BTW, word is Yertle the Turtle allowed the two Quislings to vote no because he knew he had the 50 needed and Pence will confirm her.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 2:56 PM PST
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  19. Vince Guerra Member

    Lisa Murkowski has lied to me for two terms now. A fter Obama was elected she sent me form letters saying how she believes fundamentally that a president deserves to get his appointment. Today her Senate office phone went straight to voicemail, then hung up on me before I could leave a message.

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    • February 1, 2017, at 5:36 PM PST
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