Cotton confident of Pompeo confirmation

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But the reasons she is giving for opposing the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state are foolish. On Wednesday, President Trump's nomination encountered yet another hurdle as the foreign relations committee fell short of votes to deliver Pompeo a recommendation that was positive.

"In that portfolio, Mr. Pompeo's record as a member of Congress is alarming", Whitehouse said. The U.S. Senate could still consider it if the committee opposes it. The secretary of state is no exception. But Pompeo risks becoming the first secretary of state nominee in nearly a century to fail to gain a favorable committee recommendation before advancing to the floor.

Of the more than a dozen Democrats who supported Pompeo's nomination as Central Intelligence Agency director in 2017, at least four, including Sen.

Simply how unprecedented is that this state of affairs? Historically speaking, the Senate generally confirms the president's executive branch nominees.

Fifteen members of the Democratic conference, including Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., also announced Wednesday he would vote no. The 10th, Senator Chris Coons, is undecided.

Heitkamp's support for Pompeo answers this question and all but kills the possibility of a united Democratic coalition.

Paul has adamantly refused to assist Trump's nominee because of his objections to a few of Pompeo's global coverage positions.

Markey took specific issue with Pompeo's past remarks about people from different faiths, women and the LGBTQ community - something which he argued "will only fan the flames of those who seek to oppress vulnerable populations".

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Why does this vote matter? The Senate even confirmed Hillary Clinton - undoubtedly a politically-polarizing nominee - by a vote of 94-2.

"I realize we're in an atmosphere now where that is just not going to be the case", Sen. Mike Pompeo has the support of one of Ohio's senators, but not yet the other.

"I don't want a Secretary of State who is going to exacerbate the [sic] President Trump's tendencies to oppose diplomacy", Democratic Senator Tim Kaine (D., Va.) told CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday.

"If they do so - and they're up for re-election - they may suffer the consequences", said Cotton, an outspoken Trump supporter who blasted the Foreign Relations Committee as out of step with the rest of the Senate.

Last year, all 10 Democrats on the committee voted "no" to Rex Tillerson's nomination, making him the first secretary of state in history to be approved on a party-line vote.

On the time, Sens. This time round, they're voting no.

Republicans have only a 51-49 majority in the chamber. "Unfortunately, with Mr. Pompeo's nomination and the appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser, President Trump is assembling a war cabinet full of 'yes men, ' who will fan his worst impulses".

It's potential Pompeo will beat that document.