A confirmation vote on President Obama's
choice to head the nation's spy network, James Clapper, could be stalled until after the Senate's summer recess due to "holds" imposed on the nomination by Republican senators.
One of them, Sen. John McCain
, (R-Ariz), got what he wanted Tuesday afternoon when the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report that he had sought on oversight and cost overruns in intelligence technology programs,
reported. McCain dropped his hold, but two other senators, Kit Bond of Missouri, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, were still blocking a confirmation vote in an effort to get information about certain detainees at the Guantanamo detention facility, Fox said.
Clapper, a retired Air Force lieutenant general, won the recommendation of the Select Committee on Intelligence
last week. But the procedural holds -- a kind of implied filibuster -- have stopped the nomination dead in its tracks in the full Senate, which is due to recess this weekend.
The White House has said it "cannot accept further delay of this critical nomination." Obama tapped Clapper, a former high-ranking Defense Department official, to succeed retired Adm. Dennis Blair in June. Blair stepped down a month earlier from the position, which was created in 2005 to coordinate the nation's multiple intelligence agencies.