A Saturday vote on John Brennan's nomination to lead the CIA is possible, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) warned Thursday.
Reid said he’s still hopeful that he can reach an agreement with Republicans to hold the vote Thursday, but warned he'd keep the Senate in town if necessary to get to a final up-or-down vote.
Reid frequently warns the Senate of possible Saturday votes, but rarely follows through.
The new threat comes a day after Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Rand Paul takes victory lap on GOP health bill MORE (R-Ky.) filibustered Brennan’s nomination for more than 12 hours.
Reid said Paul had every right to filibuster to try and get answers to his questions on the U.S. drone program.
"I have been involved in a few filibusters, as Rand Paul did yesterday," Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. "And what I have learned from my experiences in talking filibusters is this: to succeed, you need strong convictions but also a strong bladder. It's obvious Senator Paul has both."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over health care GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (R-Ky.) spoke in support of Paul’s filibuster on Thursday morning, calling it, “extended, heartfelt and important.”
McConnell said Paul’s question as to whether the president believes he has the authority to kill a U.S. citizen without due process is “entirely appropriate.”
“What is befuddling is why the Attorney General [Eric HolderEric H. HolderOvernight Tech: Senate moving to kill FCC's internet privacy rules | Bill Gates pushes for foreign aid | Verizon, AT&T pull Google ads | Q&A with IBM's VP for cyber threat intel Uber leadership sticking by CEO Top Dems prep for future while out of the spotlight MORE] has not directly and clearly answered the question,” McConnell said. “There is no reason we cannot get this question answered today, and we should get this question answered today. Frankly, it should have been answered a long time ago.”