The Senate voted 94-to-3 to confirm John Kerry as secretary of State. He has Obama's trust and appears in sync with him on policy, but the president may be primarily focused on domestic affairs.
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At the same time, Kerry’s confirmation to take over for outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sparks questions about what the foreign-policy buff will be able to accomplish under a domestic-policy-focused White House.
Kerry sailed to confirmation on a 94-to-3 vote, just hours after the Foreign Relations Committee he chaired for four years recommended him to the Senate with a unanimous vote. The Massachusetts Democrat is expected to almost immediately take over from Secretary Clinton, whose last scheduled day on the job is Friday.
A smiling Kerry, who was on the Senate floor as the vote was taken, waved to his colleagues and acknowledged their applause as the results were announced. Voting no were three Republicans: Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma. Kerry voted “present.”