Washington (CNN) - The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday endorsed Leon Panetta's nomination to become defense secretary when Robert Gates steps down at the end of June.
A brief statement from committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin's office said a unanimous voice vote sent Panetta's nomination to the full Senate for consideration. Committee approval was widely expected after Panetta, the current CIA director, received bipartisan support during last week's confirmation hearing.
Senate Republicans would love to block and filibuster this appointee, too, just as they have done so many others. But, this one would be far too visible to the American people for them to do so. Don't be too surprised if they try to filibuster anyway, claiming some obscure issue in the past is making theim righteously indignant to the nominee. They've filibusters almost every appointee across the board since Obama took office.
And within the enxt hour or two, Senate Republicans will declare that they will block his nomination.
OMG could you do us a favor and KEEP HIM THERE?? Perry needs to be nowhere near the White House.
good man ...good choice...see what happens when you work together...good things happen..
I recognize and give props to the Chief Executive for the way he manages recruitment, development & succession of people for key leadership posts.
This Whitehouse seems more adept at it than predecessors.
The strategy to apply Huntsman in China, Gates @ DOD, Panetta at CIA – and then on the heels of poppin` bin Laden – moving him to DOD, is just brilliant.
Hilary @ State, deploying Foriegn Relations Chairman Kerry to Pakistan post-bin Laden, and having Biden slap some sense into Karzi in Afghanistan, gives the President two slam dunk candidates for SecState.
I still say run for re-election with Biden, win, then move Biden to SecState when Clinton leaves.
Then appoint a sharp Latina female as VP, groom her for 4 years and let her kick the snot out of the Neanderthal Republican politicians in 2016.