Senate sets date for stormy Hagel defense hearing

ByREUTERS
January 17, 2013 12:24

Hagel to face Senate hearing on January 31 following his nomination by US president to become defense secretary.

Obama nominates Chuck Hagel for defense secretary

Obama nominates Chuck Hagel for defense secretary 370. (photo credit:Screenshot)

Chuck Hagel, US President Barack Obama's nominee to become the next defense secretary, will face his Senate confirmation hearing on January 31, a Senate panel said on Wednesday.

The Senate Armed Services Committee announcement came a day after Hagel's nomination won critical support from two leading pro-Israel Senate Democrats, who said he had eased their concerns over his positions on Israel, Iran and other issues.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



Obama nominated Hagel on January 7 to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The nomination provoked stiff opposition from some Republican legislators and conservative pro-Israel groups.

Hagel, a senator from Nebraska from 1997 to 2009 and a decorated Vietnam War veteran, split from his fellow Republicans by opposing the U.S.-led war against Iraq and was rumored to be a possible Obama pick for vice president in 2008.


Even some Democrats have expressed concern over issues including positions Hagel has taken in the past on Iran sanctions and concerns he is not a strong supporter of the Jewish state.

Hagel has been calling and meeting with senators to discuss their concerns before his hearing, but a handful of Republicans, including some on the Armed Services Committee, have said they oppose his appointment.

The Senate will vote on Hagel's nomination after his confirmation hearing before the committee. Democrats control 55 seats in the Senate. Hagel would need 60 votes - not just a simple majority - to clear potential Republican procedural hurdles and be confirmed.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Share this article via
Related Content
Police set up a cordon outside the Manchester Arena in northern England where U.S. singer Ariana Gra
May 23, 2017
British police say 19 dead, 50 injured in Manchester 'terrorist incident'

By REUTERS

Israel Weather
  • 19 - 27
    Beer Sheva
    21 - 24
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 18 - 22
    Jerusalem
    19 - 23
    Haifa
  • 25 - 36
    Elat
    22 - 30
    Tiberias