Snowe on Bolton

After receiving e-mails from Barbara Boxer’s PAC for a Change, I contacted Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) about John Bolton. Today, I received a letter in the mail. (Please note that the Senate Relations committee did meet this week, and sent no recomendation to the floor).

Dear Ben:
Thank you for contacting me about the nomination of John Bolton to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN). I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.
As you may know, Cabinet officials are appointed by the President and serve at his our her pleasure, with the Senate having the authority to initially confirm or reject these appointments. The Constitution provides the Senate with the advice and consent function. I take this responsibility very seriously, carefully reviewing all nominations to make sure that any and all nominees are qualified for their positions.
On March 7, 2005, President Bush nominated Mr. Bolton to be Ambassador to the UN. Since 2001, Mr. Bolton has served as Undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, and has previously served in the administrations of George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan, as assistant secretary of state for internal organizations for Preisdent Bush and as an assistant attorney general under President Reagan. On April 11, 2005, the Senate Committee on Foriegn Relations held a confirmation hearing on Mr. Bolton’s nomination, and the nomination is currently pending before the committee for further review. An attempt to vote Mr. Bolton’s nomination out of the committee and on to the floor, was delayed until April 19 due to concerns expressed by some committee members related to his tenure at the State department and U.S. Agency for International Development.
As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, you may be assured that I am weighing all information regarding Mr. Bolton very carefully. His qualifications for the job are many, but we need to ensure that proper deliberations occur so that we can make the most informed decision possible. The Committee on Foriegn Relations has scheduled another committee vote for May 12, 2005. Should the full Senate have the opportunity to consider Mr. Bolton’s nomation, please be assured that I am diligently examing each and every allegation.
Again, thank you for sharing your views about this nomination. I value your opinion and hope that you continue to inform me of the issues that concern you.

Olympia J. Snowe


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