Nomination of Hon. John R. Bolton to be U.S. Representative to the United Nations: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, July 27, 2006 [open pdf - 230KB]
From the opening statement of Richard G. Lugar, U.S. Senator from Indiana: "In the spring of 2005, our committee spent several weeks reviewing the nominee's qualifications for this post. Few executive branch nominees have ever received more scrutiny than Ambassador Bolton. By any measure, this was an exhaustive review, particularly for a nominee who has been acknowledged as highly experienced in the subject matter he would be overseeing and who has been confirmed five times previously by the United States Senate. In the end, despite two majority votes on the Senate floor, the nomination did not receive the 60 votes necessary to bring debate to a conclusion. President Bush subsequently exercised his authority to give the nominee a recess appointment. We have returned to the nomination because the President has resubmitted the nominee for our consideration. And, in doing so, he has expressed his view that Ambassador Bolton is important to the implementation of United States policies of the United Nations and of broader United States roles on the global stage. The President has made clear that this is not a casual appointment. He wants a specific person to do a specific job. We should recognize that the United Nations Ambassador always is closely associated with the President of the United States and the Secretary of State. They are responsible for what the ambassador says and does, and they can dismiss the ambassador who does not follow their directives. Consequently, there are few positions in Government in which the President should have more latitude in choosing his nominee. As we evaluate the nominee, we should not lose sight of the larger national security issues concerning U.N. reform and international diplomacy that are central to this nomination." Additional materials submitted for the record by Hon. Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator from California.
S. Hrg. 109-935; Senate Hearing 109-935
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