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Senate Heads Toward Vote on Pompeo

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 16:10:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is on track to confirm President Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA. Senators are expected to vote on his nomination Monday evening.

Congressman Mike Pompeo is a conservative Republican from Kansas and a member of the House intelligence committee. He faced a mostly no confrontational confirmation hearing earlier this month.

Senate Republicans had hoped to vote on Pompeo's nomination on Friday, after Trump's inauguration. But Democrats succeeded in stalling action until they could debate it on Monday.

If confirmed, Pompeo would take the helm at the nation's top spy agency at a critical time for U.S. national security when intelligence has been thrust into the political arena. It's traditionally a nonpartisan issue.