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Hearing for Bush's U.N. Nominee Postponed

Wednesday, 06 April 2005 12:00 AM

"The senator has not made up his mind. He's waiting to hear on the record what is said and then he'll decide. But we're inclined to support the nomination. That's where we are," Stephen Hourahan, a Chafee spokesman, said Wednesday.

So far, Hourahan said, there's been nothing in Bolton's background that has surfaced that would prompt Chafee to vote against Bolton.

Republicans control the Foreign Relations panel by 10-8. Bills and nominations generally need a majority vote for a committee to send the item to the full Senate.

Committee spokesman Andy Fisher said the postponment involved an agreement with Democrats that action on Bolton by the committee would be completed next week.

Fisher said at least three committee Democrats, Joseph Biden of Delaware, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut were attending he funeral. Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida also is going.

Hourahan said Chafee's office has heard from hundreds of constitutents - mainly through e-mails and faxes - about Bolton's nomination.

"Most of the people we have heard from in Rhode Island have been opposed," he said. But Hourahan said a TV ad running in the state by opponents of Bolton have directed residents of Rhode Island to contact their senator to oppose, and "there's an active push by real lobbying organizations in our state to oppose the nomination."

President Bush's nomination of Bolton, a blunt-speaking hard-liner, has stirred unusual controversy within the diplomatic community.

Five former U.S. secretaries of state urged the Senate on Tuesday to confirm Bolton.

"We must have an ambassador in place whose knowledge, experience, dedication and drive will be vital to protecting the American interest in an effective, forward-looking United Nations," they said in a letter to Lugar.

Scores of retired diplomats have lined up on both sides, critics attacking his opposition to several arms control treaties and his criticism of the United Nations in the past.

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