Senate Panel Narrowly Backs Pompeo for Sec of State

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who was undecided on Pompeo's confirmation, also offered his support on Monday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to move his nomination to the chamber's floor. "I personally know Mike Pompeo".

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) before the vote noted Pompeo co-sponsored a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have allowed states to refuse to recognize the marriages of gays and lesbians.

"Unfortunately this town's become so polarized right now that even somebody as qualified as Mike Pompeo.Democrats seem more.excited to vote against", said Short. "When you look at Mr. Pompeo's record, it's been one of militaristic point of view, one that [says] its alright for America to go alone".

It has been nearly 30 years since any Cabinet nominee was reported to the full Senate with an unfavorable recommendation.

The Democratic leader said that while he was "disappointed" in Pompeo's committee hearing, the two had "very good discussions" and he was "pleasantly surprised" by Pompeo's stance on Russian Federation and sanctions.

Hoosiers deserve a US senator who knows how to lead, and who will support President Trump's agenda in Washington.

The Senate is expected to vote on Pompeo's nomination this week - and the former Central Intelligence Agency director and Kansas congressman is likely to secure enough votes to replace former Secretary Rex Tillerson.

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A dramatic last-minute U-turn by Republican Senator Rand Paul, who for weeks had expressed his opposition to Pompeo over his stance on the Iraq war and surveillance issues, gave the spy chief a narrow victory.

They include Senators Joe Donnelly of IN and Mr Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who haven't yet said how they'll vote.

Paul said his decision came after he spoke with Pompeo and received President Donald Trump's assurances regarding overseas operations.

Mr Colin Powell was confirmed as secretary by unanimous voice vote in 2001, while Mrs Hillary Clinton and Mr John Kerry cleared the Senate by votes of 94-3 and 94-2.

With two moderate Democrats signaling their support for Pompeo earlier Monday, the confirmation of the United States' top diplomat by the full Senate this week was all but secured anyway. Paul cited assurances he received from Pompeo that he agrees with President Donald Trump's position that the US should recede from Afghanistan as the chief reason for changing his mind, among other considerations. "The Senate should reject Pompeo's nomination".

Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Committee, said in his concluding remarks that the nominee has made contradictory remarks on social and political issues, and did not inspire confidence that he would stand up for "American values". "But if he takes over the State Department without the panel's recommendation, he'll be the first secretary of state to do so after such a tentative endorsement from Capitol Hill".