GOP Senators threaten Hagel filibuster

Some GOP Senators feel so strongly about Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, that they intend to filibuster the matter and prevent his nomination from coming to the Senate floor. Politico: But the filibuster threat - reiterated Monday by Sen. Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee - would make Hagel just the third Cabinet nominee in history to require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster on the Senate floor. The other two nominees were President Ronald Reagan's 1987 choice to head his Commerce Department, C. William Verity, and President George W. Bush's 2006 choice of Dirk Kempthorne to be secretary of the interior. Even if Hagel cracks the 60-vote threshold, the GOP will have sent a message to President Barack Obama: Nobody gets a free pass on confirmations. Never before has a defense secretary nominee required 60 votes on the floor to overcome a filibuster threat, the closest being Bush's 2006 pick to be an assistant...(Read Full Post)