WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a vote to confirm Gina Haspel as CIA director (all times local):
The Senate is set to vote Thursday to confirm Gina Haspel as the first female director at the CIA.
Haspel's nomination to lead the spy agency revived a debate on its now-banned torture program. She is expected to be confirmed after several Democrats joined most Republicans in saying they would back President Donald Trump's nominee.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn said in a floor speech Thursday afternoon that the Senate would be voting soon.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was able to push voting past opponents, including ailing Sen. John McCain, who urged senators to reject her. He is home in Arizona and will not be voting on the nomination.
Political divisions within the Democratic Party are playing out in the vote to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has sent the nomination to the full Senate by a 10-5 vote, and her confirmation seems all but certain.
On one side of the Democratic divide is a growing list of a half-dozen senators whom many see as the future of the big-tent party. They are rural, noncoastal representatives of states won by Trump, places where some say the party needs to win back voters.
On the other are those in the comfort of blue-state incumbency, including liberal leaders who may take on Trump in 2020.
Their opposition to Haspel fuels a fired-up base pushing for a more progressive, battle-tested party.