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Senate Vote on the Hagel Nomination Is Blocked

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Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, for month after interminable month now, has been the presumptive and, eventually, the actual nominee to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. He’s been questioned thoroughly, taken a series of intense meetings, given a lackluster hearing performance, and birthed his own media ecosystem, only to be narrowly approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this week.

The vote to confirm or reject him was due to take place today, but it’s currently being blocked by a de facto filibuster.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused the GOP of filibustering Hagel’s nomination, a move he described as unprecedented for a president’s pick for defense secretary. Reid, D-Nev., needs only a few Republican votes to secure the 60 needed to clear Hagel’s nomination for an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.

But the remaining “yes” votes remain elusive. Republican senators, led by Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona, vowed to delay the process unless they got more information about what President Barack Obama was doing on the night of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Their demand has the effect of a filibuster.

Will Hagelmania ever end? Can it?

Senate, White House Struggle Over Hagel Impasse [NYT]

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pkbrandon says:

The party of NO strikes again.

herbcaen says:

Hagel is an Iranian computer virus, sent by iran in revenge for Stuxnet

Fredric M. London says:

I have no love for the GAP, excuse me, I mean the GOP. However, this is one time they could actually do some good.

Stop that bigoted, incompetent, corrupt abomination from becoming the US Secretary of Defense; a post for which he is unqualified, and a podium to wage war against the Jews, and enable Iran to complete their acquisition of nuclear weapons. He is already earning enough money working for Friends Of Hamas, and other terrorist organizations.

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