For good or for bad, Chuck Hagel has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of Defense. He was confirmed by a 58-41 vote, with four Republicans voting for his confirmation:
CNS NEWS: With four Republicans siding with Democrats, the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Chuck Hagel as President Obama’s secretary of defense, a nomination that drew strong opposition within the Republican former senator’s own party, with some troubled by past statements on Israel and Iran.
GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns, (Nebr.) and Richard Shelby (Ala.) supported Hagel in the 58-41 vote. No Democrats opposed him. (Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a staunchly pro-Israel New Jersey Democrat who recently announced he will not seek re-election next year, was reportedly home ill.) . . . . Read More