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. HolderTrust Women oppose Sen. Sessions nomination Former AG launches redistricting effort to help Dems reclaim power The racism inquisition over Jeff Sessions MORE responded to questions raised by Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulDems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts Trump team prepares dramatic cuts Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy 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 ReidThe DC bubble is strangling the DNC Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare 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.