Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s smooth ride to confirmation as
secretary of state hit a small bump on Tuesday as one of her Republican
colleagues blocked a vote on Mrs. Clinton’s nomination, citing ethical
questions arising from donors to her husband’s charitable foundation.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas objected to including Mrs. Clinton’s
name in a unanimous consent vote for several Cabinet nominees,
scheduled for hours after the swearing-in of President-elect Barack
Obama. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, plans to hold a
roll-call vote on Mrs. Clinton’s nomination on Wednesday, which she is
expected to win easily.
A spokesman for Mr. Cornyn, Kevin McLaughlin, said, “this is not an
effort to scuttle or block the nomination, but a legitimate policy
difference. Senator Cornyn’s goal is to create transparency on all
levels of government.”