Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursd

 

              Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and the committee
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, before the start of a hearing. Republicans on the panel have been vocal in their opposition to the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense. While Democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate and have the numbers to confirm Hagel on a majority vote, they need the support of five Republicans to clear the way for an up-or-down vote on him. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)