Senator Inhofe threatens filibuster to block Hagel nomination

Senator Graham has indicated he would place a "hold" on the nominations until the White House cooperated fully on the investigation into the Benghazi attacks. A hold is a senatorial courtesy that tells the leadership that a unanimus consent agreement - necessary to bring the nominations to the floor for a vote -- will not be possible because the usually anonymous senator who places a hold on the issue will object. But it stops short of being a filibuster - an action that would be unprecedented in objecting to a cabinet nominee. Senator Hagel will probably find himself alone in his advocacy for a filibuster. The Hill: Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that requiring 60 votes to confirm nominees was common and dismissed suggestions that GOP colleagues would be reluctant to back him. "They are predicating it on the assumption that we haven't been doing it. In the last nine years we've done it nine times; some of them have been confirmed...(Read Full Post)