Secretary of Defense
Chuck Hagel has lined up the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him next week to be the nation’s next defense secretary, after a senior Republican lawmaker said he will back President Barack Obama’s choice.
Barring any new, damaging information, Chuck Hagel has secured the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him to be the nation’s next defense secretary.
Immediately after blocking Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, top Republicans took to the Senate floor Thursday to claim that, no, they were not filibustering.
Struggling to break an impasse, Senate Democrats set a test vote Thursday on whether to advance Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary after Republicans blocked speedy confirmation of their former colleague and Vietnam combat veteran.
A moderate Republican senator said Wednesday she’ll oppose the confirmation of Chuck Hagel to become President Barack Obama’s secretary of defense, while other GOP senators signaled they may delay a floor vote on the nomination unless the White House provides more information about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
The White House on Friday dismissed criticism of Chuck Hagel’s hesitant congressional testimony and insisted that it expects the Senate to confirm him as defense secretary.
Republican senators hammered former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday on issues ranging from Israel and Iran to his support for a group that advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, an influential Democrat and member of the party’s leadership, said Tuesday he would back President Barack Obama’s choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon despite earlier misgivings about the Republican’s stand on Israel, Iran and gay rights.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry is backing President Barack Obama’s pick of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as secretary of defense.
Republican senators fear former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense would further deteriorate relations with Israel.