The Senate on Tuesday approved Anthony Blinken’s candidacy for the post of Secretary of State. During the noon vote on this issue in the full Senate, 78 senators voted for Blinken’s approval, 22 against.
According to Chuck Schumer, who will become the majority leader in the new Senate, Blinken is the man who will have to revive and reaffirm the US national security prerogatives in the international arena.
“I strongly support the candidacy of Mr. Blinken – firstly, because he is the person who should do this job, and secondly, because we cannot allow this position to continue to be vacant,” the senator said. Bob Menendez, who in the new Senate is to head the Committee on International Affairs.
“The policies Mr. Blinken is committed to … especially towards Iran will dangerously erode America’s national security and put the Biden administration in conflict with Congress,” said Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who explained what he meant by “catastrophic nuclear agreement with Iran, (initiated) by Obama and Biden. “
Republican Senator Jim Risch, who chairs the current Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said that while he was at odds with Blinken on a number of foreign policy issues, he was encouraged by his words of his commitment to working with Congress. Risch expressed readiness to work together with the new Secretary of State.
Blinken’s approval as the 71st secretary of state in the country’s history was hailed by the American Diplomatic Association (AFSA).
Earlier, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the appointment of Blinken as Secretary of State, paving the way for a full Senate vote.
Blinken’s candidacy, nominated by President Joe Biden, was supported by 15 committee members, 3 voted against.
“The world is on fire, in every region and hemisphere there are crises that require urgent resolution,” – said Bob Menendez before the vote in the committee.