Shaheen to oppose Pompeo nomination

Shaheen to oppose Pompeo nomination
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Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Dems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants Bipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia MORE (D-N.H.) said on Tuesday that she will oppose CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump administration combining Palestinian mission, Israeli embassy next month: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration 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 CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy 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 PaulOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Congress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration 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 KaineDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Kaine asks Shanahan if military families would be hurt by moving .6B for border wall 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) MenendezWilliam Barr is right man for the times This week: Trump delivers State of the Union amid wall fight BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president 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.