WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted against CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as Secretary of State. 

“I acknowledge there are reasons to vote for Mike Pompeo, but on balance, I simply do not believe he is qualified to become our nation's chief diplomat,” said Murphy. “He has a disturbing history of favoring military action over diplomacy, he does not seem to have an appreciation for the responsibility of Congress to initiate military action overseas, and he has long associated with and legitimized the radical anti-Muslim wing of the Republican party. I hope my fears about Director Pompeo are wrong, but I could not vote for someone who will likely encourage the worst instincts and biases of our reckless president.”

Yesterday, Murphy urged his Senate colleagues to oppose Pompeo’s confirmation in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Murphy announced his opposition to Pompeo’s confirmation earlier this month, and voted against his confirmation in SFRC earlier this week.