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. HolderLynch: I wouldn’t do Clinton meeting over again Racial undercurrents inflame Uber fight over background checks Chaffetz seeks to hold Obama official in contempt over water rule MORE responded to questions raised by Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump campaign loses two more staffers Trump's new digital strategist quickly leaves campaign Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday about whether U.S. drone strikes could be used against American citizens on U.S. soil.

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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:

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"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 ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case 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.

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