The Senate confirmed Antony Blinken to serve as President Biden’s Secretary of State on Tuesday afternoon, with bipartisan support. Secretary Blinken is the fourth of Biden’s cabinet nominees to be confirmed by the Senate thus far, including Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
U.S. Senate CONFIRMS Antony Blinken to be Secretary of State, 78-22. pic.twitter.com/3BHCslRo0Z— CSPAN (@cspan) January 26, 2021
Tony Blinken is now confirmed as President Biden's SecState, with a vote of 78-22. It is a bipartisan vote in his favor but for sake of comparison: Treasury Sec Janet Yellen: 84-15, SecDef Lloyd Austin: 93-2, DNI Avril Haines: 84-10.— Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) January 26, 2021
Confirmed, 78-22: Executive Calendar #3 Antony J. Blinken to be Secretary of State.— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) January 26, 2021
The U.S. Senate, 78-22, confirmed Antony Blinken as U.S. Secretary of State.— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) January 26, 2021
Pres. Biden gets another cabinet official into place, with Dems pushing for a couple more asap.
Blinken previously served in national security capacities during the Obama administration, and as deputy secretary of state. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that Blinken is the right person to "rebuild" the department.
The failed diplomacy of the Trump administration weakened our alliances, emboldened our adversaries, and tarnished America’s reputation abroad.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 26, 2021
Tony Blinken is the right person to help rebuild. I’m proud I just voted to confirm him as President Biden's Secretary of State.