Thursday, February 14, 2013

Republicans Block Hagel

After republican shenanigans on Hagel today, the Senate will take this up again tomorrow. During a "fireside hangout" moments ago, Obama seemed hopeful Hagel would be confirmed.

If confirmed, Hagel, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former Republican senator from Nebraska, would replace Leon Panetta, who is retiring. Panetta said he will not leave before his successor is in place, but has expressed eagerness to return to his home in California.

Democrats, who have united in support of Hagel, control 55 seats in the 100-member Senate and could confirm Hagel without any Republican backing. A Cabinet nominee requires the support of only a simple majority to be confirmed.

However, they need the support of 60 senators to clear the procedural hurdles and allow the vote. Reuters