Levin Postpones Hagel Confirmation Vote

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Wednesday he would be postponing a vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as the nation’s next secretary of defense.

 “The committee’s vote on Senator Hagel’s nomination has not been scheduled,” Levin said in a statement. “I had hoped to hold a vote on the nomination this week, but the committee’s review of the nomination is not yet complete. I intend to schedule a vote on the nomination as soon as possible.”

The vote was expected as early as Thursday, but Republicans on the committee, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), clamored for more information on groups or individuals that compensated Hagel for speeches he has given in the past.