In an unexpected move earlier today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee cancelled the proceeding regarding John Bolton’s nomination to continue as the US Ambassador to the UN.
Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican, did not explain why the vote on whether to send Bolton’s nomination to the full Senate was removed from the day’s agenda and did not say if or when it would be taken up again.
Last year, Mr. Bush appointed Mr. Bolton as the UN Ambassador through the recess appointment process after the nomination was blocked in Senate proceedings. That appointment expires in January. The Senate proceeding that was scheduled for today, if approved, would have sent the nomination to the senate floor for a full vote to confirm Mr. Bolton’s appointment through January 2009.
The above linked article speculates that perhaps today’s cancellation may be because the Committee is not aware of how committee member Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) will vote. The appointment needs all of the republican committee members’ support for the appointment to be confirmed.