Shaheen to oppose Pompeo nomination

Shaheen to oppose Pompeo nomination
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Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police MORE (D-N.H.) said on Tuesday that she will oppose CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHouse postpones testimony from key Pompeo aide about IG firing The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic proposal to extend 0 unemployment checks Pompeo pushes back on Russian bounty reports MORE's nomination to be secretary of State, appearing to leave him short of winning a majority of the Foreign Relations Committee.

"After careful consideration, I cannot support Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State,” Shaheen said in a statement.

Shaheen added that she has "deep concerns regarding Mr. Pompeo’s past statements and policy views, particularly in regards to the LGBTQ community, American Muslims and women’s reproductive rights."

Shaheen's announcement comes as Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (R-Tenn.) wants to hold a vote on Pompeo's nomination in the Foreign Relations Committee next week. 

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To get a favorable recommendation from the panel, a majority of its members would need to vote for Pompeo's nomination.

But that appears increasingly unlikely. GOP Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate rejects Paul proposal on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic proposal to extend 0 unemployment checks Rand Paul urges Fauci to provide 'more optimism' on coronavirus MORE (Ky.) has said he will oppose the nomination. 

Republicans hold a one-seat majority on the panel, meaning Pompeo would need to pick up at least one Democratic vote to be reported to the Senate floor favorably.

Shaheen and Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats MORE (Va.) were the only Democratic members of the panel to support Pompeo's nomination to be CIA director and were viewed as his best chance to pick up support from Democrats during his committee vote.

But Kaine announced earlier this week that he would oppose Pompeo.

Shaheen added on Tuesday that she appreciates "his willingness to serve and his dedication as Director of the CIA" but "the secretary of State is a policy-making position."

Though several liberal members of the panel have come out against his nomination, a few Democrats — including Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate Dems request briefing on Russian bounty wire transfers Democratic senator proposes sanctions against Putin over bounties GOP lawmakers voice support for Israeli plan to annex areas in West Bank MORE (D-N.J.), the ranking member — have yet to say how they'll vote.

Corker noted that he wasn't sure how a couple of Democrats on the panel would vote and declined to specifically say he would send Pompeo's nomination to the floor regardless of the vote outcome.

But Republicans are expected to give Pompeo a vote before the full Senate even if he doesn't win over support from a majority of the committee.