Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidLobbying world Senators fume over fight to change rules for Trump's nominees After Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp MORE (D-Nev.) made the announcement from the Senate floor on Monday night saying he would attempt to bring up the Higginbottom confirmation next week by unanimous consent and that he hoped Republicans would allow the confirmation process to go forward.

Reid also suggested that GOP whip Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) was in talks with the Administration to come up with an agreement to lift at least one secret hold a GOP senator has placed on Higginbottom.

“I am not going to ask consent on this nomination tonight, but all my Republican colleagues should be prepared for a unanimous consent request on this nomination when we return next week,” Reid said from the Senate floor on Monday night. “I hope Sen. Kyl will allow this nomination to go forward after his request is satisfied.” 

After Higginbottom’s nomination made it out of two committees, the Senate Budget Committee and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, on party-line votes, a secret hold was placed on her nomination. The hold prevented a unanimous consent agreement and would require a roll call vote and at least a 60-vote majority for confirmation.

Higginbottom has served as deputy policy director for Obama and also served as national policy director on his 2008 presidential campaign. Before that, she worked in the office of Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryMellman: Memories may be beautiful, yet… Lieberman: Senate should fulfill constitutional duty, confirm Mike Pompeo Overnight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit MORE (D-Mass.) for seven years.

Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCalifornia secession movement cleared to begin collecting signatures Sessions declines to recuse himself from Cohen probe: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ala.), who is the ranking member of the Budget Committee, and some Senate Republicans however, have questioned her budget experience, saying her legislative policy experience doesn’t translate into budget acumen.