Republicans Block Hagel Nomination, For Now


Obama Hagel

Harry Reid forced a vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel and failed. Republicans told him that they wanted more time. Maybe if President Obama hadn’t gone out and found the absolute worst person for this nomination the process wouldn’t be so contentious. It’s not like Senate RINOs don’t routinely do the Democrats’ bidding.

Senate Republicans blocked Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense in a filibuster on Thursday, demanding more time to study their former colleague’s speeches and finances after he left the Senate in 2008.

It is the first time a national security nominee has ever faced a filibuster.

The 58-40 vote, with 1 present, came after Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced a few hours earlier that the Senate would push ahead, despite calls by several Republican senators to delay the vote until at least Feb. 25, when the Senate is scheduled to return from its Presidents Day recess. (Read More)

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