Hagel Nomination To Move Forward This Week
After being delayed last week, Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Defense will move forward this week:
Sources close to the fight over former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel nomination as Secretary of Defense tell CBS News the Senate Armed Service Committee will vote on the nomination Tuesday and the full Senate could consider the Hagel nomination as early as Thursday.
Senate and White House sources say committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have grown impatient with Republican requests for more information from Hagel or the White House and will seek a quick end to the confirmation battle.
Levin is expected to announce his intentions later today.
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.
This will be the time when we see whether these threats of holds or filibusters amount to anything. My guess is that they won’t.