'Hagel may be passed out of the committee, but it’s going to be a long, long time before he hits the floor'
Senate Armed Services Committee ranking minority member Jim Inhofe (R-Ok) has told National Review Online that he may not be able to prevent Chick Hagel's nomination from coming to a vote in the Armed Services Committee, but he can and will prevent the nomination from reaching the Senate floor
Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, tells National Review Online that he will “postpone” the nomination of Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense.
“I’ll do that for as long as it takes,” he says, firmly. “I’m going to make sure there is a 60-vote margin.”
“Hagel may be passed out of the committee, but it’s going to be a
long, long time before he hits the floor,” Inhofe says. “We’re going to
need as much time as possible, and there are going to be several of us
who will have holds.”
“Each day that goes by will make it more difficult for Democrats who
say they are pro-Israel to hold out,” Inhofe explains. “I want everyone
to be very clear about his past statements and his positions.”
Inhofe’s main concern remains Hagel’s position on Israel. “The
anti-Israel history of Chuck Hagel is real,” he says. “We can’t have
someone at the Pentagon who has made these kind of statements.”
I think we should all send letters of support and encouragement to Inhofe,
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