Senate Panel Advances Hagel Nomination Despite Opposition

Law360, New York (February 12, 2013, 7:54 PM EST) -- The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Tuesday to approve the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense, sending his nomination to the full Senate after a heated debate.

Republicans, including new committee ranking member Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., have threatened to delay or filibuster Hagel's nomination, a move that would be unprecedented for a nominee for secretary of the defense. President Barack Obama's nominee, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, has come under fire from his former colleagues, both...
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