Republicans say they have votes to delay Hagel vote
Republican Roy Blount (Mo) told Politico on Wednesday that his party has the votes to delay on vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be US Secretary of Defense (Hat Tip: Noah P).
Blunt (R-Mo.) said he believed there were 40 votes in the Senate that indicated “it’s too quick to end the debate on this nomination.”
The GOP, which controls 45 votes in the Senate, would need 41 votes to block former Sen. Hagel from hitting the 60-vote threshold that some Republicans have threatened.
“I don’t think we’ll move forward for a few days on that,” Blunt said at POLITICO’s post-State of the Union event. “And there’s been requests for more information. I think ultimately Senator Hagel will provide that information.”
In particular, Republicans on the Armed Services Committee have asked for more detailed financial disclosures from Hagel – a demand dismissed by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the committee’s chairman.
“We’re not going to accept a change in the rules that applies to one nominee,” Levin said earlier this week as he defended Hagel. “We are not going to accept your suggestion and innuendo that there’s some sort of conflict of interest.”
I do not understand how a nominee about whom there are so many unanswered questions can be rushed to a vote. Unlike the President, the Senate will all still have to stand for reelection in the next six years unless they retire. Is this nomination worth forfeiting your seat?