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 PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Pence says US is 'locked and loaded' to defend allies US-Iran next moves — Déjà vu of Obama administration mistakes? 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 PaulRand Paul: Almost every mass shooter 'is sending off signals' Liz Cheney says world is more stable, 'safer' under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will oppose the former Kansas congressman.

Only one Democrat on the committee, Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsGrassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel Democratic senator: Attacks on Saudi oil refineries 'may call for military action against Iran' Senator asked FBI to follow up on new information about Kavanaugh last year 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 McCain The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Biden's debate performance renews questions of health At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR 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.