Skip to comments.Hagel confirmation votes to be held this week
Posted on 02/11/2013 8:06:15 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
Levin and Reid continue to rely on assurances that GOP leaders will not stage a filibuster against Hagel. Most Republicans are expected to vote against Hagel's confirmation, but Democrats stand solidly with President Obama's nominee, meaning Hagel has enough votes to prevail on a simple majority vote.
Levin and Reid also want to pressure Republicans who have threatened to place a "hold" on the Hagel nomination. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., threatened to do so on CBS' "Face the Nation"; the Armed Services Committee's top Republican, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said he's considering a filibuster on Fox News yesterday. Democrats and the White House don't want strategies like this to take on a life of their own or gain momentum.
While Graham, Inhofe or others can single-handedly hold up Hagel's nomination, the belief among Senate Democrats and the White House is that once confirmation votes are scheduled, pressure will build on Graham to relent.
Graham said he wants more information on Obama's conduct the night of the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens
After the performance this man put in I would say that if he can be confirmed, Bozo the clown could be confirmed.
Told ya this nitwit Israel hating RINO would be confirmed.
Of course he will be confirmed.
After all, stopping it would require that the dim-bulb-crats have an opposition party.
A party with cojones.
A party with brains.
If they don’t get the information they want and cave, I will have lost what little respect for repubs that I still may be carrying with me.
I was just handed a note that I misspoke," he announced, "that I said I supported the President's position on containment. If I said that, I meant to say that we don't have a position on containment." Hagel's revised position is that there is no position on containment for him to have a position on.
Carl Levin, the Democrat chair, stepped in to contain further damage. "We do have a position on containment, and that is we do not favor containment," he clarified. "I just wanted to clarify the clarify."