Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to rule out a GOP filibuster of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) in an interview with a local Kentucky TV station this weekend.
McConnell said it was “not clear yet” whether Hagel’s confirmation to become President Obama’s next Defense secretary would be filibustered, and said opposition to Hagel was “intensifying.”
“Sen. Hagel did not do a very good job before the Armed Services Committee this week,” McConnell told Kentucky’s cn|2. “I think the opposition to him is intensifying. Whether that means he will end up having to achieve 60 votes or 51 is not clear yet.”
McConnell’s remarks could add new fuel to a potential filibuster of a Cabinet nominee, an unprecedented step in the Senate. An aide to the No. 2 Senate Republican, Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), said Friday that “all options are on the table” when asked about a filibuster.