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Richardson Wins Senate Confirmation Easily

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 11) -- On a 100-0 vote, Rep. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) won Senate confirmation today as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Richardson, who succeeds Madeleine Albright in the post, plans to resign his congressional seat. A special election will be held to pick a new member of Congress for northern New Mexico's 3rd district.

Richardson's confirmation was never in doubt. As a congressman, he has won acclaim over the years for his trouble-shooting trips around the globe to win freedom for imprisoned Americans.

Richardson has pledged "unprecedented consultation with Congress" on issues involving the U.N. The U.S. has been pushing for reform in the organization and owes more than $1 billion in past dues. Some lawmakers want U.S. payments of the past dues tied to specific, cost-cutting measures.


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