(CNN) - Democratic Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin is making clear he is fed up with Republicans dragging their feet on Chuck Hagel's nomination for Defense Secretary, and now says he will schedule a vote soon, even over Republican opposition.
"We can't not vote because there is dissatisfaction on the part of people because that could be endless," said Levin, D-Michigan.
"We're going to schedule a vote as soon as we're ready to have a vote."
Levin, who had hoped to vote as early as Thursday, put it off after more than two dozen Republicans pressed Hagel to provide additional financial information about corporations and other organizations he's been associated with since leaving Congress.
"He's been asked for things no prior candidate has been asked for," Levin said. "He has provided all the financial information the rules of the committee require."
Levin said he will send a letter to those Republicans informing them of his view and then schedule a vote.
Levin said he is "confident" Hagel will be confirmed and complained Republicans are trying to use their "imagination" and "political creativity" to block Hagel.
"The ranking member said he would do everything he can to stop the nomination. So, I take it this is one of the things he's doing to stop the nomination," Levin said, referring to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma.
Hagel is on Capitol Hill Thursday meeting with as many as seven Democratic senators, a source familiar with the confirmation told CNN. The meetings were long planned and did not come as a result of the decision not to hold the committee vote today.
Among the senators who met with Hagel are: Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Tom Harkin of Iowa.
By the end of the week, Hagel will have met with about 75 senators to press his case, the source said.
– CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.