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Bolton Vote Blocked Again

Dems hold strong and Bolton vote is blocked again Excerpts from NY Times:

"Senate Democrats once again blocked the nomination of John R. Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations this evening, rejecting pressure from President Bush to give Mr. Bolton a vote on his confirmation.

The Republican leadership's attempt to shut off debate and move to actual confirmation fell six votes short of the 60 required. Today's vote of 54 to 38 was reminiscent of a vote last month, when Mr. Bolton's backers failed by four votes to shut off debate.

The next phase of the long-running fight over Mr. Bolton is not immediately clear. There was some conjecture today that President Bush might choose to install him as ambassador through a temporary appointment while Congress is in recess.

Three Democrats - Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana - voted to end debate. A Republican, George Voinovich of Ohio, crossed party lines and voted to keep the filibuster going.

But Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, the ranking Democrat on the committee and an opponent of the nomination, said President Bush was continuing to hold back pertinent information about Mr. Bolton's tenure as under secretary of state for arms control.
Mr. Biden said the White House was not treating the Senate as "the co-equal branch of government" that it is. Regardless of his feeling for the nominee, Mr. Biden said, "I don't hold John Bolton accountable for this administration's arrogance."
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