Democrats, however, are intent on driving forward with votes on his confirmation. Tomorrow, Sen. Carl Levin will hold a vote in the Senate Armed Forces Committee to send Hagel's nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
In a brief statement, Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the panel would meet Tuesday afternoon with the "intention to vote on the nomination after the members have an opportunity for discussion." Levin had hoped to hold a committee vote last Thursday, but postponed it amid growing complaints from Republicans.
Republicans aren't putting up a fight in the committee and are now focusing on the greater Senate vote. As Sen. James Inhofe told National Review Online:
“Hagel may be passed out of the committee, but it’s going to be a long, long time before he hits the floor,” Inhofe says. “We’re going to need as much time as possible, and there are going to be several of us who will have holds.”
“Each day that goes by will make it more difficult for Democrats who say they are pro-Israel to hold out,” Inhofe explains. “I want everyone to be very clear about his past statements and his positions.”
Over the weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham told CBS News that he's also prepared to hold up Hagel's nomination:
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