WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is moving toward a vote on President Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director after a White House concession.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set a test vote for later Thursday. His announcement came shortly after Attorney General Eric Holder said there are limits on a president's ability to order drone strikes on American soil against suspected terrorists who are U.S. citizens.
The developments came just hours after Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul waged a nearly 13-hour filibuster over the nomination of John Brennan.
Paul said early Thursday he was abandoning his filibuster.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leaves the floor of the Senate after his filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Thursday, March 7, 2013. Senate Democrats pushed Wednesday for speedy confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director but ran into a snag after Paul began a lengthy speech over the legality of potential drone strikes on U.S. soil. But Paul stalled the chamber to start what he called a filibuster of Brennan's nomination. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)