Levin to press forward with committee vote on Hagel, despite GOP opposition
February 7th, 2013
03:03 PM ET
9 years ago

Levin to press forward with committee vote on Hagel, despite GOP opposition

(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."

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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.

Filed under: Carl Levin • Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Screw the gop bafoons,all the lobbyist do. They will mostly be gone after 2014 mid terms.

    February 7, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Sammy

    Why is Levin in such a hurry to put a complete buffoon in charf of defense?

    February 7, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Jerubbaal

    The whole GOP remake is nothing more than a wolf in sheep clothing.

    February 7, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    I enjoy a good game of political charades just as well as the next person. But, this endless GOP obstruction has got to stop.

    I am so very weary of the Grand Old Tea Party.


    February 7, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. yanni

    Phony and selective outrage is preventing the GOP to do the right thing by the American people. Americans are suffering with the lack of work and opportunity to live dignified life. What we get is managing creative crisis, grand standing and blocking progress just to harm the president. The GOP forgot that the American people are suffering as a collateral damage. I hope they will understand that they will be remembered in the future what they did to this country for the last two decade.

    February 7, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. freedom

    Who cares if this guy is fed up? He's not in a dictatorial position. That's why we have the senate – there needs to be accountability. And speaking of dragging feet – what happened in Benghazi? We're five months out and still don't have all the answers. We're getting closer though – only because of the Republicans. That's why he wants to speed this up. This guy can't bully anyone into confirming such a crucial position that will affect our national security.

    February 7, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Get on with it !

    The GOP is still blocking appointments from the Presidents first term .

    February 7, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. California Gary

    Any president should get his nominees confirmed quickly unless there is evidence of some law that they have broken. Get on with it!

    February 7, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. chilly g

    if the republicans use a filsterbuster to block the president choice then the president should appoint
    a black guy as secretary of defense then they will be sorry for blocking mr hagel.

    February 7, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Larry L

    Why do Americans put up with politicians dedicated to harming America? The Republicans are simply lap-dogs for the rich who use hot-button social issues to gather votes from the ill-informed and fearful bigots of the red states. How long can America tolerate what amounts to domestic terrorism from a few mindless radicals? Let's finish the job in 2014!

    February 7, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Jean2

    It is time to stop playing games with these republicans. Our country is paying a high price for these blocking activities. GOP, PLEASE MOVE ON AND ALOW THE system to function.!!!!!

    February 7, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. freedom

    And we'll keep blocking! This president was in Las Vegas campaigning while those men were brutally murdered in Benghazi. It was proven this morning in the hearings that he was nowhere around when that tragedy happened. He didn't even bother to call and follow-up with the Defense Dept This is negligence and criminal – and definitely not a Comannder-in-Chief you can trust.

    February 7, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Milton K. Wiah

    The very Republicans who backed Mitt Romney when he refused to release his tax returns are now asking
    Obama's appointee to produce more tax returns.

    February 7, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |