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 PompeoMike PompeoWhy is Trump undermining his administration's historic China policies? Keeping the world's focus on cyber State Department watchdog probing whether Trump aides took gifts meant for foreign officials 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 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'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 PaulVaccine 'resisters' are a real problem Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Journalist Dave Levinthal discusses 'uptick' in congressional stock trade violations MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will oppose the former Kansas congressman.

Only one Democrat on the committee, Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' Who is afraid of the EU's carbon border adjustment plan? 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 McCainOur military shouldn't be held hostage to 'water politics' Meghan McCain blames 'toxic' hostility for 'The View' exit Beware the tea party of the left 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.