Keep an eye tomorrow on the cloture vote for OMB Director nominee, Congressman Mick Mulvaney: Senator John McCain is now a likely no, due to his concerns with defense, which would put Mr. Mulvaney at 51 Yea (we have no Democrats currently as yes, and he appears as divisive a nominee as Tom Price). Rep. Mulvaney can afford another Republican to defect- possibly Lisa Murkowski or Susan Collins- but cannot be confirmed if three Republicans break ranks.
The cloture vote is tomorrow morning, about an hour after the Senate convenes. Thirty hours of debate are expected, placing a final confirmation vote sometime Thursday afternoon. This delay on Mulvaney, and expected delays for Scott Pruitt, EPA Director nominee, could mean the four other Cabinet nominees brought to the floor yesterday- Ryan Zinke (Interior), Wilbur Rioss (Commerce), Ben Carson (HUD), and Rick Perry (Energy) may be delayed until next week.