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Respecting Andy’s point that the Democrats’ word (at least the word of these particular Democrats) is not to be trusted:

Democrats clear way for Senate vote on Bolton

Tuesday, May 24

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats agreed on Tuesday to clear the way for the Senate to vote on the controversial nomination of John Bolton as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, which was expected to pass mainly on party lines.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, said he expected a vote this week on Bolton’s confirmation, but an agreement to limit debate still was being worked out.

Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, lifted a procedural hold she had put on the nomination in an unsuccessful effort to wrest more documents on Bolton from the administration.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t get the information from the administration,” said Boxer’s spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz.

But she said Boxer had agreed with Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, to let the nomination come up for a Senate vote.

The agreement on Bolton came a day after Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a compromise to end years of roadblocks against Bush’s judicial nominees.



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