Chuck Hagel

Divided Senate confirms Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

Divided Senate confirms Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

A deeply divided Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s next defense secretary, handing President Barack Obama’s pick the top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts hit the military. The vote was 58-41, with four Republicans joining the Democrats in backing the […]

Hagel’s foes want a quick vote on his future

Hagel’s foes want a quick vote on his future

Republican opponents are sending signals that Chuck Hagel‘s bid to become defense secretary will probably come to an up-or-down vote soon in the Senate. That’s unless more information damaging to the nominee — and the Obama administration — surfaces in the coming week. Critics maintain the decorated Vietnam combat veteran and former senator is unqualified […]

Republicans use Hagel debacle to try and sink Obama

Republicans use Hagel debacle to try and sink Obama

Republicans have found a boatload of reasons to try to sink Chuck Hagel‘s hopes of becoming the next defense secretary. But the issue they used this week to stall his nomination — the White House’s handling of last September’s deadly Benghazi attack — may seem entirely unrelated to Hagel’s qualifications because, well, it is. Here […]

Obama slams Republicans over delay of Hagel nomination

Obama slams Republicans over delay of Hagel nomination

President Barack Obama is criticizing Senate Republicans for delaying the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as his secretary of defense. The president said his opponents are using politics while the nation is still in a war in Afghanistan. Obama called Hagel, who is a former senator and Vietnam veteran, “eminently” qualified for the job Thursday and […]

Senate Republicans force delay on Hagel confirmation

Senate Republicans force delay on Hagel confirmation

By delaying a confirmation vote on Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, Senate Republicans have forced Leon Panetta to remain on the job he is eager to give up. But they’ve also given the White House an opportunity to cast the GOP as obstructing President Barack Obama’s assembly of a second-term national security team. Senate […]

In divided vote, Senate panel approves Hagel for Defense Secretary

In divided vote, Senate panel approves Hagel for Defense Secretary

A bitterly divided Senate panel has voted to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s defense secretary. The Armed Services Committee voted 14-11 to send the nomination to the full Senate. Tuesday’s vote broke along party lines with all 14 Democrats backing President Barack Obama’s choice. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is […]

Senate panel set to vote on Hagel nomination

Senate panel set to vote on Hagel nomination

Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel — faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation’s defense secretary as a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee pushes toward a vote on his nomination. The panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss and vote on President […]

Senate Dems to GOP: Forget your stupid games on Hagel

Senate Dems to GOP: Forget your stupid games on Hagel

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday he will press ahead with a vote on Chuck Hagel‘s nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republicans demands for more financial information from President Barack Obama’s choice as setting an unprecedented standard. In a letter, Sen. Carl Levin provided a point-by-point rebuttal to the GOP […]

Panetta bids farewell, gets salute from Obama

Panetta bids farewell, gets salute from Obama

Calling it “the honor of my life,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said farewell to the U.S. military Friday, capping a venerated public service career that spanned four decades and included stints as a lawmaker, a top White House official and the spy chief who oversaw the killing of Osama bin Laden. President Barack Obama, honoring […]

Democratic support growing for Hagel nomination

Democratic support growing for Hagel nomination

Democratic support for Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary grew on Thursday as the former Republican senator allayed concerns about his past statements on Israel and Iran. Sens. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Chris Coons of Delaware and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said they met with Hagel this week […]