Meriden resident Miguel Cardona’s nomination to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education is now headed to a final vote for confirmation by the U.S. Senate. That vote is expected to occur early next week.
On Thursday, senators voted by a 66 to 32 margin to invoke cloture on the nomination, a procedural step that ends a debate without also ending or rejecting a matter being debated. Invoking closure requires at least 60 votes — or a three-fifths majority.
The office of U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy did not issue a statement following Thursday’s vote. A spokesman for Murphy promised a statement would follow the final vote to confirm Cardona’s nomination.
According to the Senate’s executive calendar, that vote is scheduled to occur 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 1.
The cloture vote on Cardona’s nomination followed similar cloture votes on the nominations of Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Cecilia Elena Rouse, of New Jersey, to become the next Council of Economic Advisers chair.
Murphy had previously issued a statement following the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee vote to advance Cardona’s nomination to the full Senate.