Reid To GOP: ‘Serious Consequences’ To Delaying Hagel Nomination

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Thursday on the floor that the chamber will hold a vote Friday on the confirmation of Chuck Hagel.

He fiercly attacked Republicans for holding up the nomination.

“In less than two hours, our country will be without a secretary of defense,” he said. “The filibuster of Senator Hagel’s confirmation is unprecedented. I repeat, not a single nominee for secretary of defense, ever in the history of our country, has been filibustered. Never, ever.”

“There are serious consequences to this delay,” Reid said. “It sends a terrible signal not only to our military personnel but to the world. … For the sake of our national security it’s time to put aside this political theater.”

“This isn’t a high school getting ready for a football game. We’re trying to confirm somebody to run the defenses of our country — the military of our country.”



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