The Senate has agreed to vote Thursday on the nomination of John Brennan to be the next CIA director.

The agreement came less than an hour after the White House announced that Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderOvernight Tech: Uber CEO resigns | Trump's Iowa tech trip | Dems push Sessions to block AT&T-Time Warner deal | Lawmakers warned on threat to election systems | Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns Holder mulling 2020 bid MORE responded to questions raised by Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulGOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood Trump: ‘I cannot imagine’ GOP senators don’t back healthcare bill Sunday shows preview: Senate healthcare debate heats up MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday about whether U.S. drone strikes could be used against American citizens on U.S. soil.

ADVERTISEMENT
Paul filibustered Brennan's nomination for nearly 13 hours Wednesday, and said he would oppose any movement on it until Holder answered this question. On Thursday, Holder wrote back:

ADVERTISEMENT
"It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: 'Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?' The answer to that question is no."

Shortly after 2 p.m., Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWarren cautions Dems against infighting Dems see surge of new candidates Dems to grind Senate to a halt over ObamaCare repeal fight MORE (D-Nev.) asked for unanimous consent to hold a vote on a motion to end debate on Brennan's nomination. Without this consent, the vote would happen Saturday at the earliest.

Reid also asked that if the Senate votes to end debate, it also vote right away on Brennan's confirmation. The Senate agreed to Reid's request — the votes will start within the hour, after Sen. Paul speaks for up to 15 minutes.