Senate panel approves Kerry for State

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Sen. John KerryJohn KerrySinclair and 'Big Media': The outrage that caused the outrage Tillerson sets a lost State Department on the right course Spy agencies changed rules, making it easier to unmask members of Congress MORE (D-Mass.) to be the next secretary of State on Tuesday, setting up a vote on the Senate floor later in the day.

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Kerry, the former chairman of the committee, received a voice vote from his colleagues. His nomination had been expected to sail through after Republicans urged President Obama to nominate him instead of Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, after her role in the administration's reaction to the Benghazi attacks last year.

The Senate is scheduled to consider Kerry's nomination for two hours starting at 2:15 p.m., setting up a vote shortly after 4 p.m. Here's the guidance Sen. Harry ReidHarry ReidOPINION | 5 ways Democrats can win back power in the states THE MEMO: Trump's base cheers attacks on McConnell It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (D-Nev.) sent to lawmakers on Tuesday: 

"The Majority Leader asks unanimous consent that at 2:15 p.m., today, the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #1, the nomination of John Forbes Kerry, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of State with 2 hours for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time the Senate proceed to vote without intervening action or debate on the nomination; the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate; that no further motions be in order; that any related statements be printed in the Record; that the President be immediately notified of the Senate's action and the Senate then resume legislative session."

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOPINION | Tomi Lahren: The left politicizes tragedy — as usual Hunting for the real Trump on Charlottesville New Trump campaign emails show efforts to set up Russia meetings: report MORE has said her last day on the job will be Friday.