Senate confirms CIA chief, after GOP senators rip Rand Paul for filibuster
(MCT) WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency on Thursday after two Republican senators blasted Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster, which temporarily held up the vote on President Barack Obama’s choice to head the spy agency.
Senators confirmed Brennan on a 63-34 vote. Thirteen Republicans — including Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida — voted for Brennan. Two Democrats — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Jeff Merkley of Oregon — joined Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with the Democrats, in opposing him.
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