Committee to vote on Hagel Tuesday
February 11th, 2013
12:45 PM ET
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Committee to vote on Hagel Tuesday

(CNN) – The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a vote on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary at 230 p.m. ET Tuesday, the office of Chairman Carl Levin announced Monday.

While Hagel went through his confirmation hearings on January 31, Levin put off the vote 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.

However, last Thursday Levin said he would no longer postpone the vote and would try to schedule it as soon as possible, despite some GOP opposition.

"We can't not vote because there is dissatisfaction on the part of people because that could be endless," said Levin, D-Michigan.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, made headlines Sunday when he vowed to block Hagel's nomination in the Senate unless the Obama administration provides more information about the Benghazi, Libya attack.

Hagel, however, is all but certain to be confirmed. CNN learned last week there were at least five Republican senators who would oppose a filibuster, essentially ensuring the embattled nominee will be approved in the coming days.

If a filibuster were launched, it would take 60 votes to cut it off. There are 53 Democrats in the Senate plus two independents who regularly vote with them. So the additional five Republicans would provide the votes needed to break a filibuster.

"There's a whole lot of hype and drama, but if he has 60 votes, he has 60 votes. And he probably does," a senior GOP Senate aide told CNN on Monday.

As for the process, all nominations are on the executive calendar, which means that "you can't keep it from coming up on the floor," the aide added. It requires a simple majority vote, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has those votes.

In addition, the source points out, a "hold"–such as the threat made my Graham–means that the nomination can't be passed by unanimous consent or voice vote, the aide said. Then, once it's on the floor, Reid would file for cloture. If he files on Wednesday, for instance, the vote could be Friday.

Since a handful of Republicans have said they will not support a filibuster, it's clear Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is not engaging as if one were to occur.

Still Hagel will likely emerge from the process as a "diminished" figure to a certain degree, the GOP aide argued, a challenge that may create conflict inside the Pentagon.

– CNN Congressional Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    What is the big deal they are fussing on.

    February 11, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Bufkus

    We all know that the republicans are grasping at straws to oppose Hagel, a member of their own. They are only doing this to obstruct government and to appear as partisan as possible. They have absolutely no valid reason to oppose Chuck Hagel or any other Obama nominee other than sour grapes. It is downright pathetic that republicans care more about being schoolyard bullies than actually governing the country.

    February 11, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Since a handful of Republicans have said they will not support a filibuster, it's clear Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is not engaging as if one were to occur. "

    Besides, he doesn't really like to filibuster things unless it's something he himself proposed.

    February 11, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Gurgyl

    What is the big deal they are fussing on.
    -----

    anything Obama wants, the tightie righties oppose. Even if BooBoo Nutty-Yahoo and the arms manufacturers for the Pentagon said "we're fine with Hagel. confirm him" the obstructionists would hold fast.

    February 11, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Since the Congress is always asking for 100% financial disclosure on appointees why not demand the same from members of Congress? Let's see their investments in relation to their decisions. How about a track record of every campaign contribution as compared to their support of industries or subsidies? Why are they different?

    February 11, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. John

    I think Grahan and McCain is clueless on everything, these two idiots needs to shut up especially war hawk McCain whom is clearly bitter Obama waxed his butt in 2008 and shove it in his face again by being re-elected, it will be nice to see Graham voted out of office soon.

    February 11, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. freedom

    @Gurgyl
    The big fuss is....Hagel is going to be a puppet for Obama (like Rice and Clinton) and we will be seeing more burning consulates under this administration. Our national security is at risk.

    February 11, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. freedom

    @Al NY
    You didn't comment on Obama going to Las Vegas while the Benghazi consulate was being burned down and our servicemen were murdered.

    February 11, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, made headlines Sunday when he vowed to block Hagel's nomination in the Senate unless the Obama administration provides more information about the Benghazi, Libya attack.
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    Don't you love this game Graham is playing? He's asking for more information, but he cannot openly say in public what it is that he wants because the infornation is classified.

    February 11, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "The big fuss is....Hagel is going to be a puppet for Obama (like Rice and Clinton) and we will be seeing more burning consulates under this administration. Our national security is at risk."

    YAWN.

    February 11, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Borderless

    I think it's sad that we have a president so corrupt and so deceiving that members of congress need to threaten such things to try to get him to be held accountable. Of course we all know the glue SNIFFing sheep that worship Obama would never hold him accountable. Let's face it, the Democratic party is just a jaded, empty, morally corrupt version of their formal liberal selves. It's a shame the Obama sheep can't see that.

    February 11, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    freedom

    @Al NY
    You didn't comment on Obama going to Las Vegas while the Benghazi consulate was being burned down and our servicemen were murdered.
    --–

    well then why don't you provide a precise timetable to the events....was he on his way? And if so, he is just SO out of touch on AF One right? Even if he wasn't on his way, it's not like he can contact anyone at any time so please spare us the faux outrage.

    February 11, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Jerubbaal

    CNN needs to call out the extremism and obstruction of the GOP. Their stances and actions are not in the cnuntry's best interest. The false equivalencies perpetrated by the media does not shed light on the truth, rather they give credibility to egregious and harmful positions. There is a reason that the most repressive regimes in human history have been allowed to rise to power, an accomodating press and their false equivalencies. CNN, stand up for the truth and not a radical party's agenda. This is not Germany in the 1930's. One would think that CNN would have learned something after being complicit with Bush/Cheney in the run up to the Iraq War.

    February 11, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Cam Spurgeon

    Graham is a typical very short man struggling for attention and power. Along with his sore loser bud they have almost gone mental on us. UGH!

    February 11, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    freedom

    @Al NY
    You didn't comment on Obama going to Las Vegas while the Benghazi consulate was being burned down and our servicemen were murdered.
    ------------------
    No need to remark on it. Your story is so bogus that I'm embarrassed for you to hear you repeat it.

    The locations of the POTUS, his cabinet, VP Biden, and many other top people in the chain of leadership like Spkr Boehner are kept top secret on days like the anniversary of Sept. 11. The exact location of the POTUS and V-POTUS is one that is now always kept secret on that date.

    February 11, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Cam Spurgeon

    Good I totally support Hagel and although the stupes in the Senate won't admit it The President won reelection and the two short ones continue to be in denial. McCain and Graham UGH!

    February 11, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. freedom

    @Rudy NYC
    The information is not classified. The president was AWOL during an American Embassy attack. He is the Commander-in-Chief and servicemen were tortured and murdered. The American people have a right to know how this could have happened under this leadership – and it all points to the president.

    February 11, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Ha...(1) and (b)...oops...edit lol:

    "Don't you love this game Graham is playing? He's asking for more information, but he cannot openly say in public what it is that he wants because the infornation is classified."

    I guarantee you that's partly why he requested it. They have no choice but to say "no" tot he request, so he views it as a win-win: (1) he "wins" by making accusations that cannot be disproven and (TWO) he "wins" by manufacturing a situation in which the "proof" that his accusations are correct is the fact that "they're hiding something."

    It goes like this: lack of proof of the conspiracy is proof that the conspiracy exists and is working. Boom!

    Accusation = conviction. Fire up the MSM false equivalency lynching machine.

    February 11, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Jerubbaal

    Freedom, go buy a clue or two. There were more embassy attacks and deaths under Bush/Cheney and the POTUS went to LV after the attacks. By the way where are those WMD's or the outrage from Ms Lindsey over 3000 Americans slaughtered on our own soil. Why wasn't Ms Lindsey so concerned about the 4000 heroes that sacrificed their souls in Iraq or the removal of Iran's natural enemy by our illegal and erroneous invasion of Iraq.

    February 11, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. freedom

    @Rudy NYC @ Al-NY
    The recent hearings with Hilary Clinton and Panetta revealed that the president was not in contact with these key individuals during or after the attack. This is factual – just look it up and read about it. It's not a secret where the president was – he didn't care enough to even call the Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense during or after the attack. In addition, the Sec of State – Hilary Clinton, didn't communicate with the Sec of Defense, Panetta during or after the attack. This negligent, criminal behavior allowed an attack to go on for seven hours, even knowing the ambassador had asked for help – and he was tortured on murdered. There is nothing bogus about that.

    February 11, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    freedom

    @Rudy NYC
    The information is not classified. The president was AWOL during an American Embassy attack. He is the Commander-in-Chief and servicemen were tortured and murdered. The American people have a right to know how this could have happened under this leadership – and it all points to the president.
    -------------------
    The location of the POTUS on the Sept 11 anniversary is classified. End of discussion. Anyone who tells you differently is playing you for a fool. If you think that is wise to broadcast to the terrorists of the world where to find the POTUS on that date is wise, then the right wing has really gone off the deep end.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    February 11, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. ignatius ibsage

    as a tea party independent, i can strongly support hagel (as well a kerry for state) as eminently qualified and balanced. this fight by the neocon israel first lobby to stop his appointment is simply one more glaring example of israeli interference in u.s. politics. it's wrong and won't succeed.

    February 11, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. californiaac

    Graham is determined to get to the bottom of Bengazi and that means asking the same questions until he gets the answers he likes. The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing expecting different results. Bengazi happened, it was a sad event, live with it and move on.

    February 11, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Larry L

    @freedom

    @Rudy NYC
    The information is not classified. The president was AWOL during an American Embassy attack.
    ===============================================================================================
    It's also not accurate. The attack was on Sept. 11 and the President attended the fund-raiser on Sept. 13. I'd love to see you Fox News drones try to find some of the places you rave about on the map. (Hint – You can't see Benghazi from your porch.)

    February 11, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. freedom

    @RudyNYC
    He was on his way to Las Vegas for a campaign rally – look it up –
    Clinton and Panetta would have said his location was classified in the hearing if that was true. They didn't – and why would it be ? We weren't under attack – the consulate was. You need to read more sources of news to get the full story – don't be brainwashed – your safety like everyone else's in this country is under this Commander-in-Chief – get educated.

    February 11, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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