Panel Said to Plan Hagel Vote Tomorrow

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Chuck Hagel, nominee for U.S. secretary of defense, listens to a question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013.

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog:

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin will seek a vote by the panel tomorrow on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defense secretary, according to a committee aide who asked not to be identified.

Senate Democrats are working to overcome Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Hagel to replace the retiring Leon Panetta as the Pentagon’s top official.

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham said yesterday that he may place a hold on the nomination until he gets answers about what the president did personally to encourage military action at the time of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

A committee vote could pave the way for a vote by the full Senate later this week, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide who also asked not to be identified when discussing the plans.

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