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HAGEL FACES FILIBUSTER

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GOP May Have 41 Votes to Block Nomination
By Harold Hutchison

Former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination may not have enough votes to defeat a filibuster by Senate Republicans, Senator David Vitter said. The nomination is the first of a Defense Secretary to be filibustered in history. In 1989, the nomination of Senator John Tower was defeated.

According to a report at Big Government, Senate Republicans are holding up the nomination due to Hagel’s failure to provide information on his financial disclosure form – and for not disclosing speeches he gave. Republican Senators have also been demanding more information on the 11 September, 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

Hagel was also coming off a disastrous performance during his Senate confirmation hearings. His nomination was also endorsed by Iran, further raising concerns among Senate Republicans.