Secretary of Defense

Senate Committee Advances Hagel Nomination

02/11/2013 - 19:00


Sticking strictly to party lines, the Senate Armed Services Committee referred the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary to the full Senate for confirmation. 

The tally favoring Hagel, a former U.S. senator from Nebraska, was 14 in favor, all in the Democratic caucus, and 11 opposed, all Republicans.

One Republican, David Vitter of Louisiana, was not present.

Jewish Groups Softening Resistance On Hagel

Shift seen on Obama’s choice for secretary of defense.
01/07/2013 - 19:00

Washington — Now that Chuck Hagel is officially President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense, Jewish groups concerned about Hagel’s record on Israel and Iran are faced with a choice.

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, right, with President Obama, has been criticized for not being pro-Israel enough. getty images
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