Senate committee sets Monday vote even as Pompeo appears to lack support

Senate committee sets Monday vote even as Pompeo appears to lack support
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is pressing forward with a vote on CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIn Afghanistan, give peace a chance — and a lot of time The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia MORE's nomination to be secretary of State — even as he appears to be short of the votes to clear the panel. 

Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE's (R-Tenn.) office announced that the committee would take a vote on Pompeo’s nomination early Monday evening. 


Corker separately shot down a question about whether he would try to move Pompeo to the Senate floor without a vote. 

"I haven't considered that at all," he said. 

But Pompeo appears short of the votes to get a favorable recommendation from the committee. 

Republicans hold a one-seat advantage on the panel, and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate ratifies long-stalled tax treaty On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses The buck stops here: How to restore accountability to the federal regulatory system MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will oppose the former Kansas congressman.

Only one Democrat on the committee, Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Senate Democrats skipping Pence's border trip GOP chairman introduces bill to force 'comprehensive review' of US-Saudi relationship MORE (Del.), hasn't said how he will vote. He previously opposed Pompeo to be CIA director and has said he's leaning against his current nomination. 

Moving Pompeo to the full Senate even if he isn't able to win over the support of a majority of the committee marks an unusual step. 

According to the Senate Historian’s Office, senators have only used such a move successfully on a Cabinet nominee once before: In 1945, when President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Henry Wallace to be secretary of Commerce.

With Paul opposed and GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain promotes July 17 as #GBMday to raise awareness of father's cancer The peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Lindsey Graham: 'Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism' MORE (Ariz.) absent for cancer treatment, Pompeo would need the support of every remaining Republican and at least one Democrat to be confirmed by the Senate. So far, no Democratic senator has come out in his favor.