BREAKING NEWS ~ Condoleezza Rice confirmed as Secretary of State

BREAKING NEWS ~ Condoleezza Rice confirmed as Secretary of State

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Senate has confirmed Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State by a vote of 85-13. Rice will be sworn in at the White House Wednesday night with a more elaborate swearing-in ceremony by President Bush at the State Department to follow on Friday.

3:03 PM ET – The Senate roll call for the vote on Rice's nomination [Senate Bill Clerk compilation] is now available. Voting against the nomination were Senators Akaka (D-HI), Bayh (D-IN), Boxer (D-CA), Byrd (D-WV), Dayton (D-MN), Durbin (D-IL), Harkin (D-IA), Jeffords (I-VT), Kennedy (D-MA), Kerry (D-MA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Levin (D-MI) and Reed (D-RI). Senators Burns (R-MT) and Gregg (R-NH) did not vote.