Hagel hearings set to begin January 31
January 16th, 2013
11:11 AM ET
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Hagel hearings set to begin January 31

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold nomination hearings for former Sen. Chuck Hagel on January 31, the committee announced Wednesday. Hagel was nominated by President Barack Obama to become secretary of defense.

His nomination has been met with reservations by some senators of both parties, who point to past positions he has taken on Israel, Iran, and his 2007 comment that a "Jewish lobby intimidated lawmakers."

Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Barbara Boxer of California, both Democrats and Jewish, earlier this week said they had overcome their initial skepticism and would support the nomination.

Others, such as Sen. John McCain, said he would not block Hagel's nomination but that he has "very serious questions about whether he will serve in the way that I think serves America's best national interests."

The Arizonan is a key Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and had a close friendship with Hagel when the two were Senate colleagues.

On Tuesday, Sen. James Inhofe said he left a meeting with Hagel decidedly against backing the nominee.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said he plans to step down and return to his home in California.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. rs

    We can cut to the point. Republicans in the Senate will block their own candidate- why? Because they feel like it. The GOP is worse than useless- and they simply just don't care about America anymore.

    January 16, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If Sen. Schumer is comfortable with the nomination, then I think it's safe to say he'll be confirmed.

    January 16, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If Sen. Schumer is comfortable with the nomination, then I think it's safe to say he'll be confirmed.
    Why would you say such a thing? Does Schumer speak for the Senate? Please... you sound like a parrot repeating the tripe you hear on MSNBC

    January 16, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    It seems to me that the republican party doesn't believe the POTUS has the right to do anything. Each and every person he has considered has been met with skepticism except Senator Kerry. But we all know why they aren't contesting that, they want his seat in the Senate.

    Maybe President Obama should call up Mitt and the rest of the good ole boys and just have them choose his cabinet for him. Apparently he is not intelligent enough or stable enough to do it himself right? Or maybe I have it wrong. Maybe Mitt DID win the election and maybe the GOP picked up more seats in Congress. To that I say, why isn't President Obama allowing President Willard and company to choose their own Cabinet??? Shame on you President Obama! ROFLMAO!

    January 16, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |