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... Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham said Sunday they would support Mr. Tillerson’s nomination for the State Department after the lawmakers had expressed concerns about the former Exxon Mobil Corp. chief’s ties to senior members of the Russian government. That increases the likelihood that Senate Republicans will confirm most, if not all, of the president’s cabinet nominations, as Mr. Tillerson was seen as the nominee drawing the most GOP opposition.
A third Senate Republican, Florida’s Marco Rubio, had shared those concerns and is widely seen as the key vote on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Republicans hold a one-vote majority. But even if the committee doesn’t approve Mr. Tillerson for the State Department post, the full Senate can still vote on his nomination—a rare procedural tactic.
“After careful consideration, and much discussion with Mr. Tillerson, we have decided to support his nomination to be Secretary of State,” Messrs. McCain and Graham said in a statement. “Though we still have concerns about his past dealings with the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin, we believe that Mr. Tillerson can be an effective advocate for U.S. interests.”
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