GOP Blocks Nomination of Hagel, for Now
He's still expected to become defense secretary, but after Senate recess
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2013 4:18 PM CST
Republican Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in this file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – The Chuck Hagel drama continued on Capitol Hill today, as Republicans refused to allow a final vote on his confirmation to become defense secretary, reports the Hill. Hagel is expected to prevail eventually—but now it can't happen until lawmakers return from the Presidents' Day recess. Expect the next vote on Feb. 26, reports Politico. One of the sticking points is that Republicans want more information about Hagel's compensation for speeches he gave after leaving the Senate in 2008.

“I think it’s appropriate to wait until we come back,” said John McCain. “I think there’s plenty of time to have any further questions answered and I intend to vote for cloture then.” Harry Reid needed 60 votes to force an up-or-down vote today, but he came up with only 58. The White House, noting earlier that Hagel would miss a NATO meeting in Brussels next week, called the GOP tactics "unconscionable." The move marks the first time a nominee for defense secretary has faced a filibuster, reports the Washington Post.

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Feb 15, 2013 9:10 AM CST
When it comes to the Republican party, am I the only one hearing that famous Monty Python line? "And the show has reached a new low."
Feb 15, 2013 7:47 AM CST
If you can't see who the problem is then your part of the problem yourself. Here's a little help for the feeble minded among us.
Feb 15, 2013 12:11 AM CST
The comments seem to indicate there are a lot of uninformed idiots reading the Newser articles. So many jerks, toilet mouths, rude and crude slobs shooting off their mouth while hiding behind a computer monitor explains why so many newspapers on-line had had to drop their comments sections.