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 PompeoMore money at the gas pump may be the price of pressuring Iran The Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Kim to meet with Putin as tensions with US rise 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 CorkerPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge GOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump Democrats introduce bill to rein in Trump on tariffs MORE's (R-Tenn.) office announced that the committee would take a vote on Pompeo’s nomination early Monday evening. 

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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 PaulBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will oppose the former Kansas congressman.

Only one Democrat on the committee, Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsMenendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions Dem report questions State Dept. decision to revoke award to Trump critic Senate Dem calls on Trump to apologize for attacks on McCain 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 McCainIf you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era Earth Day founder's daughter: Most Republican leaders believe in climate change in private 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.