Chuck Hagel blocked: Harry Reid doesn’t have the votes

The Senate was set to vote at 4:15 on Thursday afternoon to end debate over the nomination of Chuck Hagel — a vote that appeared likely to fail, but which Democratic leaders wanted in order to try to cast Republicans as obstructionist.

Hagel’s path to the Pentagon struck a major roadblock on Thursday when Senate Democrats appeared short of the 60 votes needed to move forward, throwing the nomination into limbo as Congress prepared to skip town for a weeklong recess.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor that Republicans were blocking Hagel over their demands that he and the White House give more information about Hagel’s background and the Sept. 11 Benghazi attacks. As the day progressed, some Republicans said they would be willing to let the process go forward, but only after next week’s break.

“This is premature,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) “Senators have questions that they want answered. Now, after the recess, I think, would be sufficient time to give senators the chance to consider their questions and I would vote for cloture because I believe Cabinet members deserve an up-or-down vote.”

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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    Hagel should be ran out of town , I pray they lock him out totally He is a plain clothes Liberal who flips and flops more then anyone in my recent memory except John Kerry and Al Gore.. But I think what Hagel is more then anything nothing but a smoke screen for Obama to show he is heading for a run to wards the center in his thinking all the while its just a faint to make a end run to the far left.. I’ll bet old the most happy men in the world right now are Putin and Ying-Jeou or something like that are smiling all the way to their banks.. If Obama wants Hagel he will have Hagel thats how it works under a Marxist commander They just say it and it is..

    Look at how Obama told the Pres. Of G.M he had to go he was gone.. And if they put Hagel in that seat well I’d hate to be living in Israel with Iran having the bomb and Korea having Iran’s back.. Then the only chance this nation would have to survive would be the fact Obama Owes China and sooner or later Russia so much money that they would help keep us safe .. As it stands right now if China called our loans that Obama has ran up hell they could foreclose but we do not have that much equity any longer all they would get is room to expand themselves.. The fat lazy Americans better remove their heads from the sand put down their t.v remotes and hamburgers and start watching out for their country. We are very close to a dictatorship taking over..

    The liberal left has spent the last 30 plus yrs just dumbing down our youth then they got them to follow like politically correct sheep And Obama is their Sheppard..Whike Obama has been busy getting all of his chess pieces set up on the board so he can call checkmate Scary time we are facing . I pray we come out intact on the other side .. Please stop and block hagel and Obama as much as anyone with power can.. Our country depends on it..