Skip to comments.Hagel will need 60 votes to get confirmed as defense secretary
Posted on 02/13/2013 5:29:10 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
The Senate Armed Services Committee was set to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense Tuesday, but several Republican senators told The Cable they will insist he receive 60 votes on the Senate floor before he is confirmed.
The committee debated the Hagel nomination in anticipation of a Tuesday afternoon vote that is expected to fall along party lines, with all committee Republicans voting against the nomination. After the committee acts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to call for a final floor vote on Thursday, just before the Senate goes on vacation. Several GOP senators told The Cable Tuesday that they will not agree to a simple up or down vote on the Senate floor this week, including Senate Armed Services Committee ranking Republican James Inhofe (R-OK), Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), John McCain (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
(UPDATE: The committee approved Hagel late Tuesday by a 14-11 vote that fell along party lines.)
Inhofe's demand for 60 votes is related to his overall objection to Hagel becoming defense secretary, which is based on Hagel's past record on issues ranging from Iran, Israel, Hamas, and cuts to the defense budget. Inhofe also wants Hagel to further disclose financial records related to his past speeches.
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When even McQueeg and Graham are talking tough, there may still be a chance to reject this awful nomination.
With Republicans and Democrats both voting for him, there should be no problem ...in fact why vote? Obama selects, Obama gets.
As far as Obozo's concerned, the Senate are his Senior Management, Congress is Middle Management, and the state Governors are his field officers.
Fifth time posted, only two GOPers, Cochran and Johanns will be voting for Hagel.
Is one of those two the idiot who said that it’s OK to vote for Hagel because “he’s from Nebraska”?
I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t get 90
It’s all posturing... I predict Hagel will be confirmed 68-32.
That would probably be Johanns who is from the dumbass segment of the party here in Nebraska. He was a mediocre governer and is not alone in supporting UpChuck because he is from Nebraska. Hagel has a lot of GOP support in-state just because he is from Nebraska. Pack of morons.
FUBO & FAD
I’ve suspected for years that it takes no brains to run a cabinet level department. Like most jobs, somebody else does the work, and the top guy gets all the credit.
If Pvt. Goober Bagel is confirmed as Sec of Defense, my suspicions have been confirmed. This character is a dunce. Crooked voting machines got him elected in the first place. He has never sat on any cabinet level committee that calls for any brains. Hearing him talk is painful. Anyone but a democrat can see Goober Bagel is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. Confirming this idiot will show the world that anyone can be the secretary of huge departments in the Federal gubment. No brains required. The same thing can be said for presidents, senators and congressmen. All of them sit on their asses while low paid staffers do all the work. Traitor McShame will vote for Bagel and so will his shadow Miss. Lindsey Graham.
If I had to bet, I’d predict 57-43.