Senate reaches deal to vote on CIA pick today

The Senate has agreed to vote Thursday on the nomination of John Brennan to be the next CIA director.

The agreement came less than an hour after the White House announced that Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderIssa hits back at Obama over campaign mailer Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs Payback: Dems see chance to boot Issa MORE responded to questions raised by Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election How low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday about whether U.S. drone strikes could be used against American citizens on U.S. soil.

Paul filibustered Brennan's nomination for nearly 13 hours Wednesday, and said he would oppose any movement on it until Holder answered this question. On Thursday, Holder wrote back:

"It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: 'Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?' The answer to that question is no."

Shortly after 2 p.m., Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidObama seeks down-ballot gains after being midterm loser Reid: 'I have set the Senate' for nuclear option Obama in Nevada: 'Heck no' to Trump, Joe Heck MORE (D-Nev.) asked for unanimous consent to hold a vote on a motion to end debate on Brennan's nomination. Without this consent, the vote would happen Saturday at the earliest.

Reid also asked that if the Senate votes to end debate, it also vote right away on Brennan's confirmation. The Senate agreed to Reid's request — the votes will start within the hour, after Sen. Paul speaks for up to 15 minutes.