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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:16 AM

GOP (specifically Ted Cruz) throws new roadblock in Hagel's way

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice to lead the Defense Department, has generated some controversy, but is nevertheless well positioned to earn Senate confirmation. There's been some chatter about an unprecedented Republican filibuster -- no modern cabinet nominee has ever faced such obstructionism -- but there are more than enough votes to overcome the opposition.

So, it's over? With Hagel set to clear the Senate Armed Services Committee today, it's only a matter of time before the Nebraska Republican is sworn in, right? As Ali Gharib reported late last night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has put a new roadblock between Hagel and confirmation -- and it's a doozy.

The problem is that the "committee's review of the nomination" will never be completed to the liking of Hagel's Republican opponents, because they've set an impossible bar for the nominee to clear. A Democratic official working on Hagel's confirmation told me: "What they're asking is unprecedented, and it's clear that it's information that he's unable to provide." The official noted that the U.S. had myriad national security concerns on its plate, not least of which was the 66,000 American troops deployed in Afghanistan right now.

Though it appeared the review process, and the scrutiny of Hagel's background, was complete, Cruz launched a new salvo, asking for financial information about private companies he was affiliated with but does not control. Hagel's already provided as much information as he has access to, including everything from his own personal holdings and investment portfolio, but he found some of Cruz' inquiries literally impossible to answer.

For the right-wing Texan and 24 of his Senate GOP allies, this means Hagel is being uncooperative and secretive.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/07/16884989-gop-throws-new-roadblock-in-hagels-way

Republicans seem to spend a lot of time and effort coming up with new ways to obstruct things. They remind me of a student who spends more time coming up with reasons not to do his homework rather than actually doing the work.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:19 AM

1. When will republican politicians give the same information??

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:20 AM

2. They know that what comes around definitely does not go around.

It's becoming increasingly clear that the main thing that differentiates republicans from Democrats is the desire for government to actually work.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:22 AM

3. Let's see filibuster reform did not exactly work out when someone had a chance.

So the Pukes get to show the spineless once again who is boss.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:23 AM

4. Where is the White House's forceful response? Someone should be on the phone to Levin,

demanding a reschedule of the vote--they are simply blocking the confirmation now, no different than if they filibustered.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:25 AM

5. I remember Cruz asking for similar disclosures by Mitt Romney

Didn't he?

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:58 AM

6. I am following all this nonsense on Twitter

And here is one the most recent "developments" I keep coming across:

@NOtterby

@PatDollard: Evidence Mounts Chuck Hagel Is Paid Agent Of Iran http://is.gd/QMyJWV He could refute by releasing his funding info-refuses.


I do not say this lightly, but truly these people are not sane!

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Response to Inuca (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:10 PM

8. McCarthyism is alive and well. Where is the Dem pushback, though? This is

an obvious smear job.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:02 PM

7. The party of NO & FAIL (R) is heading for the cesspool

from whence is emerged...

Why do Republicans HATE America?

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