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Senator Chuck Hagel speaks at the Forum on the Law of the Sea Convention held at the Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel, Washington D.C, May 9, 2012. DoD Photo

Senator Chuck Hagel speaks at the Forum on the Law of the Sea Convention held at the Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel, Washington D.C, May 9, 2012. DoD Photo

The Senate is scheduled to vote today on Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, though the vote could be delayed by debate, reports USA Today. 

The vote was delayed until after the President’s Day recess by Republicans unhappy with the nominee’s testimony.

The former Republican senator from Nebraska drew ire from Senate republicans over questions related to his support for the surge of troops in Iraq and questions related to Hagel’s support of Israel.

On Sunday a chief Hagel critic, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said Hagel would likely be nominated.

Republicans have the option of insisting holding up to 30 hours of debate over the nomination that could push the vote to Wednesday.

 

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About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.