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21 January 2005

Congressional Report, January 21: Vote on Rice Delayed

Confirmation vote is scheduled for January 26

The U.S. Senate will debate President Bush's nomination for secretary of state - National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice – on January 25, with a roll call vote scheduled the next day.

The Republican majority in the Senate had hoped to confirm Rice's nomination January 20 following Bush's second Inauguration.  However, Democratic members of the Senate objected, saying they wanted a full debate on her nomination.

Senators have agreed to conduct nine hours of debate on Rice’s nomination January 25 with a vote to follow the next day. Rice remains likely to be confirmed by a large margin. 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, following two days of extended questioning, voted 16-2 for her confirmation January 19.

The Rice nomination is not the only cabinet nominee's confirmation to be delayed.  The confirmation of Alberto R. Gonzales to become attorney general has also been delayed.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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