CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE is officially short of the votes needed to clear the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week.

Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBottom line Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Key Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package MORE (D-Del.) said Friday that “after careful consideration” he will oppose Pompeo’s nomination to lead the State Department.

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“I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the President in critical moments,” he said in a statement.

“On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force,” he added.

With GOP Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill MORE (Ky.) opposed to the nomination, Trump’s pick needed to pick up at least one Democrat to be able to win over a majority of the Foreign Relations Committee.

Coons was the only Democrat left on the panel who hadn’t announced his opposition. He warned as recently as Thursday that he was leaning against supporting Pompeo, who he had previously opposed to be CIA director.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on Pompeo’s nomination Monday evening.

Pompeo could still win confirmation on the Senate floor, as Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampJoe Manchin's secret Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda Effective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests MORE (D-N.D.) has announced her support and other centrist Democrats may also back him.

But with Paul and other panel Democrats opposed to him, he will be unable to be reported out of the Foreign Relations panel with a favorable report unless something changes.

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.) could try to move Pompeo’s nomination to the floor with an unfavorable recommendation.

Democrats on the committee have yet to tip their hand about if they will allow Pompeo’s nomination to move to the floor with an unfavorable recommendation or if they will try to kill his prospects in the committee.

If they don’t help move him to the floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Trump takes two punches from GOP MORE (R-Ky.) could try to discharge Pompeo’s nomination from committee, which could ultimately require 60 votes.

Liberal senators are urging their party to try to block Pompeo’s nomination by filibustering the discharge petition.

But Senate Democratic leadership could be wary of using the hardball tactics with more controversial nomination fights looming, including deputy CIA director Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the spy agency.

It would also force red and purple state Democrats up for reelection in states Trump won in 2016 to decide if they will block a nominee that otherwise appears to have the votes to be confirmed by the Senate.

Heitkamp was one of 15 Democrats, including Independent Sen. Angus KingAngus KingNew Senate bill would hurt charities and those they serve Overnight Health Care: CDC advises vaccinated to wear masks in high-risk areas | Biden admin considering vaccine mandate for federal workers Four senators call on Becerra to back importation of prescription drugs from Canada MORE (I-Maine), who supported Pompeo’s nomination last year to be CIA director. Seven remain on the fence: Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Mark Warner (Va.) and King.

GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (Ariz.) has also said that he’s undecided on Pompeo’s nomination as he tries to get more information. Flake previously supported Pompeo to be CIA director.