WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's nominee to be chief of U.S. intelligence, James R. Clapper, was unanimously approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.
Clapper's nomination now goes to the full Senate for approval.
The director of national intelligence oversees the nation's 16 spy agencies. Obama nominated Clapper, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who is the Pentagon's chief intelligence official, to succeed retired Adm. Dennis Blair.
Clapper's confirmation may still face opposition from GOP lawmakers, who blame the White House for continuing delays in passing last year's intelligence legislation. The bill has passed the SSenate but has languished in the House.