UPDATE: At the request of Senate Republicans, the cloture vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel will be held at 4:15pm ET on Thursday. This vote is not expected to reach the 60 yeas necessary to pass.
President Obama’s choice for Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel is facing a Senate filibuster.
FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports from Washington:
In a rare move, Republicans have forced a 60-vote threshold on a Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.
(Reid) “What a shame, but that’s the way it is.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid setting a cloture vote for tomorrow. Republican James Inhofe argues there’s no reason to rush the vote.
(Inhofe) “When he has not given us the information that we have requested.”
GOP Senators say Hagel hasn’t detailed compensation for speeches. Other republicans want the White House to provide more details on the Benghazi attack before any vote on Defense Chief.
In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.
The White House denounces Senate Republicans for planning a filibuster of the Chuck Hagel nomination as Secretary of State.
FOX News Radio’s Mike Majchrowitz reports from the White House:
“Unconscionable”, that’s what White House spokesman Josh Earnest calls the GOP delay tactics on the Hagel nomination. He says the President still stands behind Hagel.
Earnest notes there is enough support for Hagel to be confirmed if he is just allowed the vote. He says it sends a bad signal to the nation’s allies and to U.S. service members.
Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has agreed to stay on until Hagel is confirmed.
At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.
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