Despite Chuck Hagels dismal Senate confirmation hearing and controversial stances on policy, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14-11 to send his nomination to the full Senate for a vote. We expected Hagel to withdraw from consideration following the delay in his vote. We still see the potential for Hagel to be blocked by the full senate
A Senate panel narrowly endorsed Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon Tuesday, in a rare party-line vote that underscored intense Republican opposition to his nomination while nevertheless advancing Hagel to the floor for a final verdict.
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14-11 to advance Hagel’s nomination.
All Republicans present voted against Hagel, himself a Republican and former Nebraska senator. Supporters lauded his service in the Vietnam War, and claimed the nominee had been forthcoming throughout his confirmation process.