Hagel Has Enough Support For Defense Secretary

Chuck Hagel SC Hagel has enough support for defense secretary

WASHINGTON — 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. A vote ending the bitter fight over President Barack Obama’s choice for his revamped second-term, national security team is expected next week.

Hagel cleared the threshold when five-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for the former GOP senator from Nebraska after joining other Republicans last week in an unprecedented filibuster of the Pentagon nominee.

“He’s probably as good as we’re going to get,” Shelby told the Decatur (Ala.) Daily.

Although a Republican, Hagel has faced strong GOP opposition, with many of his former colleagues voting last week to stall the nomination. Republicans have questioned Hagel’s support for Israel, tolerance of Iran and willingness to cut the nuclear arsenal. His opposition to the Iraq war after his initial vote for the conflict angered his onetime friend, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

GOP lawmakers demanded more time to review the nomination that a divided Armed Services Committee had approved on a party-line vote.

Read More at OfficialWire . By Donna Cassata.

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  1. Sadly not enough people will oppose this nomination and we will have one more s_______t in the W.H. in an important position.

  2. Edwardkoziol says:

    Did anyone really think The Chuckster wouldn't get it.Some of these republicans just wanted to see themselves on TV ranting about the RINO Hagel. Jeff Sessions was a real surprize to become a turn coat.

  3. This is just wrong on so many fronts!

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