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  • Nomination of Antony Blinken to Be Deputy Secretary of State


    A picture of Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-16

    MIKULSKI. Mr. President, I come to the floor with my colleague Senator Ben Cardin from Maryland. Mr. President, the Senate is not in order. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senate will be in order. Take...



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    Senator Orrin G. Hatch

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-16

    HATCH. Reserving the right to object. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Objection is heard. Mr. HATCH. No, Mr. President; reserving the right to object. I spoke at length on the floor about my opposition to...



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    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-16

    CARDIN. Mr. President, I greatly respect Senator Hatch and his respect for the integrity of our system. I know he is acting with his sincere beliefs, but I am disappointed and I need to say that. The...



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    Senator Johnny Isakson

    From: GA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-16

    ISAKSON. Mr. President, I have the greatest of regard for my two colleagues from the State of Maryland, and I respect their passion for this nominee, but I rise to support delaying the advancement of...



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    Senator John Hoeven

    From: ND

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-16

    HOEVEN. I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Tax Increase Prevention Act Mr....



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    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-16

    WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Climate...



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    Senator John McCain

    From: AZ

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-16

    McCAIN. Madam President, I rise to discuss my opposition to the pending vote concerning Mr. Anthony ``Tony'' Blinken, who is not only unqualified, but, in fact, in my view, one of the worst selections...



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    Senator Robert Menendez

    From: NJ

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-16

    MENENDEZ. I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. MENENDEZ. Madam President, I come to the floor in...



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    Senator Michael B. Enzi

    From: WY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-16

    ENZI. Madam President, I wish to express my opposition to the nomination of Antony Blinken to be Deputy Secretary of State. There is no shortage of global conflicts or crises facing the United States,...



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    Senator Jon Tester

    From: MT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-16

    TESTER. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Cloture Motion ...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-16

    DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer) and the Senator from Vermont (Mr. Sanders) are necessarily absent. Mr. CORNYN. The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-16

    CORNYN. The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from Georgia (Mr. Chambliss), the Senator from Mississippi (Mr. Cochran), the Senator from Nebraska (Mr. Johanns), the Senator from...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-16

    REID. I ask for the yeas and nays. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be a sufficient second. The clerk will call the roll. The legislative clerk called the roll. ...