Pompeo’s Nomination Clears Key Senate Committee
“The Pompeo nomination has now been reported out of the Foreign Relations Committee, and there are sufficient votes in the Senate to ensure that he will be confirmed this week as our nation’s next Secretary of State,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement Monday night.
Senate Democrats and one of their hawkish Republican colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) were looking to shoot Pompeo down Monday evening.
The SFRC is currently composed of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Every Democrat on the panel was committed to voting against Pompeo’s nomination heading into Monday’s vote, which wouldn’t have necessarily been a complete rebuke of Pompeo if all Republican members voted in lock step.
Pompeo’s nomination now makes its way to the Senate floor for a vote before the entire upper chamber, where it is expected to pass with the help of Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.
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