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January 15, 2013


Schumer Will Back Hagel for Defense

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is seen as a key to Chuck Hagel's becoming Defense secretary, is backing the former Nebraska Republican senator -- despite past controversial statements on Israel, Iran, and the "Jewish lobby," NBC News reports.

Said Schumer: "Based on several key assurances provided by Senator Hagel, I am currently prepared to vote for his confirmation. I encourage my Senate colleagues who have shared my previous concerns to also support him."












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