Foreign Relations panel to vote Tuesday on Kerry nomination

Sen. John KerryJohn KerryNew York Knicks owner gave 0K to pro-Trump group A bold, common sense UN move for the Trump administration Former Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP 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 MenendezSteve Mnuchin, foreclosure king, now runs your US Treasury Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Senators to Trump: We support additional Iran sanctions MORE (D-N.J.), confirmed the date on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first 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 ClintonMichael Moore touts Ellison for DNC chair: ‘We need fresh blood’ Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit How the candidates for DNC chair stack up ahead of Saturday's vote 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 CorkerA guide to the committees: Senate Republicans play clean up on Trump's foreign policy GOP Congress unnerved by Trump bumps MORE (Tenn.), the top Republican on the panel, told Kerry in opening Thursday's hearing.