Senate panel approves Kerry for State

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryLobbying world Kerry: Trump not pursuing 'smart' or 'clever' plan on North Korea Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump: report 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 ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama 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 Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE has said her last day on the job will be Friday.