By Julian Pecquet - 01/29/13 03:23 PM EST
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to be the next secretary of State on Tuesday, setting up a vote on the Senate floor later in the day.
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 Reid (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 Clinton has said her last day on the job will be Friday.