Although I’m disappointed four Republicans voted for this awful nomination I’m glad they were successful in filibustering Hagel:
Senate Republicans in a 58-40 vote Thursday blocked former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s (R-Neb.) nomination as Defense secretary from proceeding to a final up-or-down vote.
Four Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mike Johanns (Neb.)— joined 55 Democrats and Independents in supporting the nomination. Sixty votes were needed to cut off debate, leaving Democrats one vote short.
The final 58-40 tally reflected a no vote from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who switched his vote from yes to preserve his ability to bring up the nomination again.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted present and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) missed the vote.
This gives us a few more weeks to work on those who voted for the man plus it’s on the heels of this news:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced a delay on the Senate Intelligence Committee vote for John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for CIA Director.
The vote on Brennan was originally scheduled for Feb. 14 but has now been pushed back till after the “upcoming congressional recess.”
all this good news means that the Republicans have sent a clear message to Obama and the democrats. There will be no rubber stamping his cabinet nor his policies. Either be bipartisan, and choose bipartisan cabinet members or be prepared for a fight.
About time the Republicans found their backbone.