Senate confirms Hagel for defense secretary

Senate confirms Hagel for defense secretary

Credit: KING

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) (L) speaks during a personnel announcement in the East Room at the White House as Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan looks on January 7, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Print
Email
|

by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s next defense secretary.

The vote Tuesday was 58-41, with four Republicans joining Democrats in backing President Barack Obama’s nominee.

The vote ended a contentious fight over the president’s choice for his second-term national security team.

Republicans opposed the former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska, casting him as out of the mainstream and overly critical of Israel. But Democrats stood together for Hagel, a twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran.

Hagel will succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is stepping down after four years as CIA director and Pentagon chief.

The vote came just hours after Republicans dropped their delay and allowed the nomination to move forward. The Senate vote to end the filibuster was 71-27.

Print
Email
|
 
National News Video
More Video