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US Senate Republicans Schedule New Bolton Vote

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The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has scheduled a new vote on President Bush's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton.

Senator Bill Frist says he will call a vote Monday to officially end debate on Mr. Bolton's nomination and allow a confirmation vote.

Senate Democrats blocked attempts to hold a confirmation vote last month. They say they are concerned about allegations Mr. Bolton mistreated employees and sought to shape intelligence for political reasons in his current post as top State Department arms control official.

The Bush administration says Mr. Bolton is a good candidate as U.N. ambassador, and the need for U.N. reform, plus issues like the upcoming elections in Iraq, make it essential that he be confirmed quickly.