WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Facing opposition from key senators, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton will leave office in a matter of days, the White House announced on Monday.
Spokeswoman Dana Perino said President George W. Bush had reluctantly accepted Bolton’s decision to leave the U.N. post when the current session of the U.S. Congress ends, possibly at the end of the week.
Bush had bypassed the Senate in August 2005 by appointing Bolton to the position when the lawmakers were in recess, avoiding the confirmation process and angering senators concerned that Bolton had a temper and intimidated intelligence analysts to support his hawkish views while at the State Department.
Bolton and White House officials felt that if the full Senate had had the chance to vote on his nomination that he would be confirmed, but some senators in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opposed him.
“Despite the support of a strong bipartisan majority of senators, Ambassador Bolton’s confirmation was blocked by a Democrat filibuster, and this is a clear example of the breakdown in the Senate confirmation process,” Perino said.
Bush planned to meet Bolton in the Oval Office on Monday afternoon.
John Bolton has led the way in attempting to push through some much needed reform at the U.N. The Senate’s inability to get Presidential nominations to a full Senate up or down confirmation vote is ludicurous. It threatens not only this president from advancing a national foreign and domestic policy agenda, it sets the precedent for any minority in the Senate to be able to cripple a president based on nothing more than partisan politics. During many of the Judicial nomination there was lots of discussion about a “nuclear option” or “constitutional option” depending on which side of the debate you were on. I was opposed to it then and still am. Rather than change the Senate rules to prevent or break Fillibusters, Senate leadership should have forced those opposed to the nomination to actually Fillibuster… Senators like Robert KKK Byrd (who was for the fillibuster before he was against it) could have provided us hours of entertainment with his mothers chicken soup recipe…
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