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Posts Tagged ‘secretary of defense’

Threatened Filibuster Delays Final Vote on Hagel Nomination

  • February 13, 2013
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The threat of a filibuster over the vote to confirm former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) as the next defense secretary forced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to schedule a cloture vote to end debate on Friday. Hagel will need the votes of the 55 senators caucusing with the Democrats and five Republicans to overcome the threatened filibuster. If 60 senators vote to end debate, a final vote on the candidate likely would wait until the Senate returns from the Presidents Day recess …

Committee Approval Moves Decision on Hagel Confirmation to Senate

  • February 12, 2013
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A Senate vote to confirm former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary could come before the end of the week, following Tuesday’s party-line decision by the Senate Armed Services Committee to advance the candidate’s nomination. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid earlier said he plans to schedule a vote on the floor today or Thursday, but a decision by the chorus of Republicans who oppose Hagel’s nomination to filibuster it would slow the process down …

Panetta Praised for Five-Decade Career as Public Servant

  • February 10, 2013
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During a farewell tribute at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall on Friday, President Obama and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lauded Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for his nearly 50-year career in public service. Obama applauded Panetta’s numerous accomplishments at both the Pentagon and CIA, from the high-profile success of hunting down Osama bin Laden, to other achievements, such as improving support for wounded warriors, military families and veterans and carrying out the final repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy …

Hagel Takes Stand against Defense Cuts

  • January 31, 2013
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In a contentious, eight-hour hearing Thursday, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) defended his past record, and, while struggling at times to explain some of his positions, President Obama’s nominee to become the next defense secretary appeared to remain on course to helm the Pentagon. Hagel rejected the claim that he supports sequestration, saying, instead, that he agrees with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s stance that the deep, across-the-board spending reductions scheduled to take effect next month are a bad idea …

New BRAC Round Would Be Considered for Savings, Hagel Says

  • January 30, 2013
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Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel said he would consider carrying out a base closure round as a prudent option to cope with budget constraints, according to the responses the nominee for defense secretary submitted to policy questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee. “As with industry, the department should examine its infrastructure and eliminate excess. The BRAC process is not perfect, but I believe BRAC is a fair and comprehensive way to right-size the department’s footprint, and is the best process identified to date …

Battle over Hagel’s Nomination Shouldn’t Threaten His Clout in Office

  • January 17, 2013
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Chuck Hagel’s path to confirmation to be the next defense secretary may seem rocky now, but if the former Republican senator from Nebraska wins the approval of the Senate, his ability to advance his priorities for the Pentagon on Capitol Hill should not be diminished, according to CQ. Most analysts contacted by CQ believe Hagel will receive support from about 70 senators, a threshold which should offer him solid footing at the helm of the Defense Department. Opposition to Hagel over fears that he wants to slash the size and scope of the military, though, may be trickier to overcome …

Inhofe Expected to Form Close Working Relationship with Democrats on Armed Services

  • January 16, 2013
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Despite Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) decision to oppose President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, Capitol Hill insiders do not believe the incoming ranking member of the Armed Services Committee will undercut work on the defense authorization bill or cause a rift on the panel between the two parties. In fact, several congressional aides told CQ that Inhofe would be expected to follow the lead of his predecessor on the committee, John McCain (R-Ariz.), who established a cordial relationship with Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) over the annual defense policy bill …

Carter to Remain at Pentagon

  • January 13, 2013
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Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will remain at the Defense Department, following speculation that President Obama would nominate him to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu. A senior administration official told the Hill last week that Obama has asked Carter to stay at the Pentagon. After it became clear that the president had chosen former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) over Carter and other candidates to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary, Washington insiders indicated Carter was a possible candidate for the Energy post. Chu has not yet said he is stepping down, but is widely expected to announce his departure soon.

Hagel Would Be a ‘Champion of Our Troops, Veterans and Our Military Families’

  • January 7, 2013
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President Obama praised former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for his dedication to service members and their families in announcing his nomination Monday to be the next defense secretary. The two-term Republican senator served as an Army sergeant in the Vietnam War and earned two Purple Hearts as an infantry squad leader there. Hagel also served as deputy administrator for the Veterans Administration and as CEO and president of the USO …

Military Readiness Hampered by Excess Infrastructure, Defense Chief Says

  • December 21, 2012
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The Pentagon’s year-old defense strategy is threatened by two principal dangers, stress on the force and a political system that forces the military to operate with little certainty about available resources, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week at a National Press Club luncheon. The department’s effort to ensure the health of the force by investing in its readiness, though, is hamstrung by political considerations that prevent officials from directing funding to the military’s highest priorities …

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