US Senate advances nomination of Tillerson as Secretary of State

January 31, 2017 01:09

WASHINGTON - The US Senate advanced the nomination of former Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Rex Tillerson on Monday to be President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

As voting continued, the procedural vote was 56 to 43 to move toward a final confirmation vote, most likely late Tuesday or early on Wednesday.The vote was almost exclusively along party lines, with every Republican voting to advance the nomination and almost every Democrat voting against it, amid deep partisan rancor over Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries and temporarily halting the entry of refugees.

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