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Shaheen Statement After Voting ‘No’ on the Nomination of Rex Tillerson to Serve as Secretary of State

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) delivered the following statement after voting ‘no’ in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on President Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state:

“After careful consideration, I could not support Rex Tillerson’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State,” said Senator Shaheen. “Mr. Tillerson’s willingness to serve is very admirable, and I appreciate his commitment to the Transatlantic Alliance and NATO, as well as his strong support for programs that empower women and girls around the world. However, I was troubled by his non-committal responses on the importance of supporting reproductive health and family planning, imposing further sanctions on Russia, calling out violations of human rights and addressing climate change. In the end, I simply have too many concerns and outstanding questions about his positions to vote to confirm him.”