Senate blocks Chuck Hagel's nomination

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

On Thursday, the Senate delayed the confirmation of Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel due to requiring more time to review his nomination.

USA Today reported that the delay will only last a week, after President’s Day. This marks the first time a nomination for Defense Secretary has been filibustered.

"I will vote in favor of cloture on the day we get back," Arizona Sen. John McCain, who does not support Hagel’s nomination, said.

Republicans in the Senate have repeatedly questioned Hagel’s credentials for the position.

NBC reported that only two Republicans plan to vote for Hagel: Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Mike Johanns of Nebraska.

However, some Republicans insist that a filibuster is not their intention, but rather they want more information on Hagel’s finances.

"I think we all need to take a deep breath. Senator Hagel is going to be confirmed, if not tomorrow then when the Senate returns from recess,” an anonymous White House source said.

Sixty votes will be required to overcome the filibuster. Two other cabinet members who managed to achieve the needed votes were Dirk Kempthorne, who was nominated for Interior Secretary under George W. Bush in 2006, and C. Williams Verity, who was nominated for Commerce Secretary under Ronald Reagan in 1987.



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