A Republican critic of the Obama administration’s drone policy mounted a self-described filibuster Wednesday to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan to take over as director of the CIA.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took the floor shortly before noon. With intermittent support from other conservatives holding similar views, plus Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Paul spoke almost continuously for five hours before Majority Leader Harry Reid tried but failed to move to a vote on Brennan.
Paul resumed his oration, snacking on candy at the dinner hour while continuing to speak.
The Kentucky senator, who is the son of former Texas representative and libertarian leader Ron Paul, offered to cease if President Barack Obama or Attoney General Eric Holder issued a statement assuring that drones would not be used in the United States to kill terrorism suspects who are U.S. citizens.
Reid, D-Nev., said he planned to file a motion to bring debate over Brennan’s nomination to an end, if not today, then Friday or next week.