Foreign Relations panel to vote Tuesday on Kerry nomination

Sen. John KerryJohn KerryUS climate chief's goal: ‘Set in motion’ climate work over next five years Trump's VP: Top 10 contenders Peace equality and stability for religious minorities MORE (D-Mass.) will get the nod to be the next secretary of State from his colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, setting up a floor vote as early as that afternoon.

The panel, which is now headed by Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezSenate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Senate close to voting on Mexico ambassador MORE (D-N.J.), confirmed the date on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Trail 2016: GOP stages of grief Dems slam Trump over taco bowl tweet Reid: GOP is the party of Trump MORE (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he hoped to get Kerry confirmed on the Senate floor as soon as Tuesday if he's been voted out of committee by then.

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Kerry's nomination is expected to sail through after a fairly non-confrontational confirmation hearing last Thursday.

President Obama's first choice to replace outgoing-Secretary Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders: 'You can’t keep track’ of the wars GOP would start Trump mocks Sasse: 'Yes, he's a real genius' Ryan fans GOP civil war over Donald Trump MORE, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, withdrew from contention after Republicans vowed to oppose her.

“My sense is your confirmation will go through very, very quickly,” Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerHousing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform Iran and heavy water: Five things to know Trump seeks approval from foreign policy experts, but hits snags MORE (Tenn.), the top Republican on the panel, told Kerry in opening Thursday's hearing.