With Recess Appointment Set To Expire, Bolton Appears Unlikely To Win Confirmation From Senate
Key lawmakers said yesterday they would block the nomination of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, all but killing chances for him to remain in the post past December.
For nearly 20 months, President Bush has tried, unsuccessfully, to get Bolton confirmed in a job he has held since August 2005. Bolton then received a recess appointment after not getting enough support in the Senate.
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.), the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee and its presumed chairman when the Democrats take control of the Senate in January, said in a statement yesterday that Bolton's nomination is "going nowhere."
Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), who was defeated in Tuesday's election, also said he would block Bolton's nomination. Without Chafee's support, Republicans on the committee do not have enough votes to recommend Bolton's confirmation.
"To confirm Mr. Bolton to the position of U.N. ambassador would fly in the face of the clear consensus of the country that a new direction is called for," Chafee said in a statement.