Republican senators are blocking a vote on former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) this week unless he provides additional financial information, setting up what Democrats say is the first-ever filibuster of a Defense secretary nominee.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on Hagel’s nomination when he said it was clear Senate Armed Services ranking Republican Jim Inhofe (Okla.) and others would block a motion to proceed to a vote.
“This is first time in the history of our country that a presidential nominee for secretary of Defense has been filibustered,” Reid said on the floor Wednesday. “What a shame. ”
But Republicans say they aren’t filibustering Hagel’s nomination, only delaying the vote in order to get answers to their outstanding questions on payments to Hagel and paid speeches, as well as answers from the White House about last year’s Benghazi, Libya, attack.