Pompeo set to be confirmed on Thursday
The Senate will take a final vote on CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s secretary of State nomination on Thursday.
Senators locked in an initial vote for Pompeo on Thursday at noon, followed immediately by a final vote on his nomination.
The agreement speeds up the timeline for Pompeo’s nomination, where opponents could have delayed a final vote until Friday.
Pompeo now has the votes to be confirmed.
In addition to support from every Republican senator, four Democrats have said they will support him.
Democratic Sens. Doug Jones (Ala.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) have said they will support him.
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with Democrats, also came out as a “yes” vote on Wednesday.
That puts Pompeo on track to get at least 55 “yes” votes on Thursday.
The quick action comes as senators are poised to leave town Thursday for a weeklong recess.
Pompeo won over a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday after GOP Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) switched his vote and supported Pompeo.