Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSherrod Brown backs new North American trade deal: 'This will be the first trade agreement I've ever voted for' McConnell: Bevin pardons 'completely inappropriate' House panel to hold hearing, vote on Trump's new NAFTA proposal MORE (R-Ky.) moved on Monday to force a vote on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE's counterterrorism pick, whose nomination has languished in the Senate for months. 

McConnell filed cloture Monday on Joseph Maguire's nomination to be director of the National Counterterrorism Center. The move tees up an initial vote on his nomination as early as Wednesday. 

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The decision to bring Maguire up on the Senate floor comes as lawmakers are trying to wrap up their work for the year: In addition to preventing a partial government shutdown by Friday night, senators are voting this week on a White House-backed criminal justice reform bill. 
 

Dozens of nominations are typically cleared by unanimous consent or voice vote before a major break, but any one individual senator can block the request under Senate rules. 

Maguire cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee in July. He has the backing of committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who tweeted after a committee hearing on the nomination that he's "highly qualified" and will "benefit the Intel Community and the defense of our country."

Trump announced in June that he would nominate Maguire for the post. Maguire was previously deputy director for strategic operations at the counterterrorism center. He retired from the Navy in 2010.