Foreign Relations panel to vote Tuesday on Kerry nomination

Sen. John KerryJohn KerryEgypt’s death squads and America's deafening silence With help from US, transformative change in Iran is within reach Ellison comments on Obama criticized as 'a stupid thing to say' 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 MenendezTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race MORE (D-N.J.), confirmed the date on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 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 ClintonFormer State Department adviser announces run for Maryland governor Poll: Nearly 4 in 10 believe Trump campaign helped Russia meddle in election Dems crowd primaries to challenge GOP reps 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 CorkerThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate Foreign Relations chair: Erdogan referendum win 'not something to applaud' Groups warn of rural health 'crisis' under ObamaCare repeal MORE (Tenn.), the top Republican on the panel, told Kerry in opening Thursday's hearing.