Hagel nomination blocked by Republicans


Questionable finances and possible anti-semitic beliefs resulted in Republican senators stalling votes for Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Sixty votes were needed from the Senate for Democrats to end a filibuster. However, many GOP senators voted against Hagel’s nomination, while 58 senators voted in favor of Hagel. In a CNN report, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was ashamed of the reaction from Republican senators:

“I regret that Republican senators, except the valiant four, chose to filibuster the nomination,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor. “Republicans have made an unfortunate choice to ratchet up the level of destruction here in Washington. Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, it gets worse.”

The senate does not meet next week so this delay will continue for at least a few more weeks. Sen. John McCain R-Ariz., said this should give him ample time to make a wise decision.

Read the rest of the story at CNN.

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