Senate confirms Chuck Hagel nomination

Chuck Hagel, a former two-term senator and President Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new Secretary of Defense on Feb. 26. Hagel, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, will be the first enlisted man to serve as defense secretary.

Republican Chuck Hagel, a former two-term senator and President Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, arrives at the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Former committee chairman, Democrat Sam Nunn, left, introduced Hagel. If confirmed, Hagel, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, would be the first enlisted man to serve as defense secretary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican Chuck Hagel, a former two-term senator and President Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, arrives at the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Former committee chairman, Democrat Sam Nunn, left, introduced Hagel. If confirmed, Hagel, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, would be the first enlisted man to serve as defense secretary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican Chuck Hagel, a former two-term senator and President Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, arrives at the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Former committee chairman, Democrat Sam Nunn, left, introduced Hagel. If confirmed, Hagel, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, would be the first enlisted man to serve as defense secretary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A deeply divided Senate is moving toward a vote on President Barack Obama’s contentious choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department, with the former Republican senator on track to win confirmation after a protracted political fight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A deeply divided Senate is moving toward a vote on President Barack Obama’s contentious choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department, with the former Republican senator on track to win confirmation after a protracted political fight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A deeply divided Senate is moving toward a vote on President Barack Obama’s contentious choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department, with the former Republican senator on track to win confirmation after a protracted political fight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is interviewed by reporters as senators return to Capitol Hill after a week away from Washington with just three legislative days until automatic budget cuts are scheduled to take effect, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. The Senate is also moving toward a vote Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s divisive choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department after a protracted political fight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is interviewed by reporters as senators return to Capitol Hill after a week away from Washington with just three legislative days until automatic budget cuts are scheduled to take effect, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. The Senate is also moving toward a vote Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s divisive choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department after a protracted political fight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is interviewed by reporters as senators return to Capitol Hill after a week away from Washington with just three legislative days until automatic budget cuts are scheduled to take effect, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. The Senate is also moving toward a vote Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s divisive choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department after a protracted political fight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo Armed Services committee member, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, questions former Sen. Chuck Hagel (not shown), President Obama's choice for defense secretary, during Hagel's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Weeks into his job, Texas Republicans are cheering Cruz's indelicate debut and embracing him as one of their own. The insurgent Republican elected with the tea party's blessing and bankroll, has run afoul of GOP mainstays, and prompted Democrats to compare his style to McCarthyism. Also seen from left are Sen.s Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo Armed Services committee member, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, questions former Sen. Chuck Hagel (not shown), President Obama's choice for defense secretary, during Hagel's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Weeks into his job, Texas Republicans are cheering Cruz's indelicate debut and embracing him as one of their own. The insurgent Republican elected with the tea party's blessing and bankroll, has run afoul of GOP mainstays, and prompted Democrats to compare his style to McCarthyism. Also seen from left are Sen.s Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo Armed Services committee member, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, questions former Sen. Chuck Hagel (not shown), President Obama's choice for defense secretary, during Hagel's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Weeks into his job, Texas Republicans are cheering Cruz's indelicate debut and embracing him as one of their own. The insurgent Republican elected with the tea party's blessing and bankroll, has run afoul of GOP mainstays, and prompted Democrats to compare his style to McCarthyism. Also seen from left are Sen.s Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2013 file photo Senate Armed Services Committee members, from left, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gather for a Capitol Hill hearing on looming defense budget cuts to be followed by a confirmation hearing on former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination to Secretary of Defense. The fierce Republican opposition to the Hagel nomination has long been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans, with barely any reservoir of good will. Barring any surprises, the drawn-out battle will probably end this coming week with Hagel's Senate confirmation; but his fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2013 file photo Senate Armed Services Committee members, from left, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gather for a Capitol Hill hearing on looming defense budget cuts to be followed by a confirmation hearing on former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination to Secretary of Defense. The fierce Republican opposition to the Hagel nomination has long been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans, with barely any reservoir of good will. Barring any surprises, the drawn-out battle will probably end this coming week with Hagel's Senate confirmation; but his fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2013 file photo Senate Armed Services Committee members, from left, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gather for a Capitol Hill hearing on looming defense budget cuts to be followed by a confirmation hearing on former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination to Secretary of Defense. The fierce Republican opposition to the Hagel nomination has long been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans, with barely any reservoir of good will. Barring any surprises, the drawn-out battle will probably end this coming week with Hagel's Senate confirmation; but his fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., waits to make a statement in opposition to President Obama's choice to run the Pentagon as bitterly divided Senate Senate Armed Services Committee considers the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska to be secretary of defense, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. The committee’s Republicans were unified in their opposition to President Obama's choice of Hagel, a combat veteran who was twice-wounded in Vietnam. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., waits to make a statement in opposition to President Obama's choice to run the Pentagon as bitterly divided Senate Senate Armed Services Committee considers the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska to be secretary of defense, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. The committee’s Republicans were unified in their opposition to President Obama's choice of Hagel, a combat veteran who was twice-wounded in Vietnam. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., waits to make a statement in opposition to President Obama's choice to run the Pentagon as bitterly divided Senate Senate Armed Services Committee considers the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska to be secretary of defense, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. The committee’s Republicans were unified in their opposition to President Obama's choice of Hagel, a combat veteran who was twice-wounded in Vietnam. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo Democrat senators, from right, Carl Levin, D-Mich., Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., confer as Republican Chuck Hagel, a former two-term senator and President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies at his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The fierce Republican opposition to the Hagel's nomination has long been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans, with barely any reservoir of good will. Barring any surprises, the battle will probably end this coming week with Hagel's Senate confirmation; but his fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo Democrat senators, from right, Carl Levin, D-Mich., Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., confer as Republican Chuck Hagel, a former two-term senator and President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies at his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The fierce Republican opposition to the Hagel's nomination has long been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans, with barely any reservoir of good will. Barring any surprises, the battle will probably end this coming week with Hagel's Senate confirmation; but his fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo Democrat senators, from right, Carl Levin, D-Mich., Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., confer as Republican Chuck Hagel, a former two-term senator and President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies at his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The fierce Republican opposition to the Hagel's nomination has long been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans, with barely any reservoir of good will. Barring any surprises, the battle will probably end this coming week with Hagel's Senate confirmation; but his fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE - In this May 24, 2012 file photo, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Defense Secretary nominee, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has lined up the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him next week to be the nation's next defense secretary, after a senior Republican lawmaker said he will back President Barack Obama's choice. Barring any new developments, five-term Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for his fellow Republican. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this May 24, 2012 file photo, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Defense Secretary nominee, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has lined up the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him next week to be the nation's next defense secretary, after a senior Republican lawmaker said he will back President Barack Obama's choice. Barring any new developments, five-term Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for his fellow Republican. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this May 24, 2012 file photo, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Defense Secretary nominee, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has lined up the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him next week to be the nation's next defense secretary, after a senior Republican lawmaker said he will back President Barack Obama's choice. Barring any new developments, five-term Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for his fellow Republican. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The fierce Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's choice of Hagel to be defense secretary is both personal and business, and the nasty fight long has been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans. Barring any surprises, the drawn-out battle over his nomination probably will end this coming week with his Senate confirmation. But Hagel's fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Show was coinci
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The fierce Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's choice of Hagel to be defense secretary is both personal and business, and the nasty fight long has been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans. Barring any surprises, the drawn-out battle over his nomination probably will end this coming week with his Senate confirmation. But Hagel's fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Show was coinci
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The fierce Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's choice of Hagel to be defense secretary is both personal and business, and the nasty fight long has been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between the Democratic president and congressional Republicans. Barring any surprises, the drawn-out battle over his nomination probably will end this coming week with his Senate confirmation. But Hagel's fellow Republicans have roughed him up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Show was coinci
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hagel has lined up the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him next week to be the nation's next defense secretary, after a senior Republican lawmaker said he will back President Barack Obama's choice. Barring any new developments, five-term Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for his fellow Republican. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hagel has lined up the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him next week to be the nation's next defense secretary, after a senior Republican lawmaker said he will back President Barack Obama's choice. Barring any new developments, five-term Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for his fellow Republican. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hagel has lined up the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him next week to be the nation's next defense secretary, after a senior Republican lawmaker said he will back President Barack Obama's choice. Barring any new developments, five-term Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for his fellow Republican. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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