February 12, 2013


Republicans Still Threatening to Filibuster Hagel

"Some Senate Republicans are prepared to filibuster Chuck Hagel's nomination to become the next secretary of defense, a rare maneuver to block a Cabinet-level nominee that demonstrates the lingering hostility from GOP senators toward a man who used to serve with them," Politico reports.

"But the filibuster threat -- reiterated Monday by Sen. Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee -- would make Hagel just the third Cabinet nominee in history to require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster on the Senate floor. The other two nominees were President Ronald Reagan's 1987 choice to head his Commerce Department, C. William Verity, and President George W. Bush's 2006 choice of Dirk Kempthorne to be secretary of the interior."










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