The Senate voted Wednesday advance the nomination of Rachel Brand, President Trump's nominee to be associate attorney general.

Senators voted 51-47 to end debate on her nomination, setting up a confirmation vote that is expected on Thursday. Democrats changed Senate rules in 2013 to allow a simple majority vote for advancing most presidential nominees, which allowed Brand to advance despite the lack of support from Democrats in today's vote.

If confirmed, she would assume the role of No. 3 official at the Justice Department.

Brand has support from both Democrats and Republicans, having served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy in the George W. Bush administration and on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board in the Barack Obama administration.