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Sen. Inhofe threatens filibuster to block Hagel

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The Hill

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Sunday threatened to filibuster former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)’s nomination for Defense secretary, if necessary to prevent his confirmation.

“I want a 60-vote margin and you don’t have to filibuster to get that,” said Inhofe in an interview on Fox News. “I would threaten to cause a 60-vote margin. If it took a filibuster, I’d do it that way.”

Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that requiring 60 votes to confirm nominees was common and dismissed suggestions that GOP colleagues would be reluctant to back him.

“They are predicating it on the assumption that we haven’t been doing it. In the last nine years we’ve done it nine times; some of them have been confirmed some have not. I don’t see anything wrong with 60-vote margin with any of the two most significant jobs, appointments that the president has,” said Inhofe.

The Senate has never filibustered a Cabinet nominee.

“I don’t trust this president to make the right appointment, I don’t think that Hagel is the right appointment,” Inhofe added.

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  1. Death_By_Farts

    February 11th, 2013

    Texas and Oklahoma Republicans HAVE BALLS…

    We need more like em’.

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  2. MaryfromMarin

    February 11th, 2013

    I like Inhofe. I’d even wear a political button that says that.

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  3. Aunt Liz

    February 11th, 2013

    Inhofe is a good guy. I’d wear a button for him too Mary! Maybe he’ll help Nancy, er, I mean Lindsey Graham all machoed up on Hagel and Brennan

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  4. venturaguy

    February 11th, 2013

    And when the press tries to crucify them they need to say – “John Bolton was more qualified to be UN Ambassador than Chuck Hagel is to be SecDef and he was blocked by the Democrats”

    As a man wiser than me once sai “If you don’t want no shit, don’t start any”

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  5. venturaguy

    February 11th, 2013

    once said

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  6. Chieftain

    February 11th, 2013

    If there was ever a time to pull out all the stops and block a nominee at any cost, it is now. Hagel will be the biggest disaster to hit the Pentagon since Flight 77…..

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