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February 14, 2013

Senate Dems blast GOPs on Hagel

Frustrated Senate Democrats blasted their Republican colleagues Thursday for holding up a vote on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said early Thursday that he was informed that Republicans were engaged in a full-fledged fililbuster of Hagel's nomination as they await more information from the White House.

"My Republlican colleagues had led us to believe they would not filibuster Senator Chuck Hagel's confirmation as Secretary of Defense. But that has changed now," Reid said in a statement. "Now, Senate Republicans have made it clear they intend to mount a full-scale filibuster, and block the Senate from holding a final passage vote on Senator Hagel's nomination. Make no mistake: Republicans are trying to defeat Senator Hagel's nomination by filibustering while submitting extraneous requests that will never be satisfied."

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, suggested that some Republicans are taking a reckless course with the filibuster.

"This filibuster breaks new ground...and it is unwise," Levin said. "The (defense) department is facing a budget crisis that was described as a 10 on the scale of one to 10 by the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. So a filibuster at this time of a budget crisis is exceptionally ill-advised leaving the Department of Defense leaderless at a time when we are in an Afghan conflict, when North Korea just exploded a nuclear device, is exceptionally ill-advised."

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other key Republicans have expressed skepticism about  Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska and a twice-wounded decorated Vietnam veteran.  They have raised questions about sometimes controversial statements Hagel has made about Israel, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and nuclear weapons.

The White House Thursday shrugged off the filibuster and showed no sign of withdrawing Hagel's name from consideration.

 "The president stands strongly behind Sen. Hagel,"  Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, told reporters. "The president believes Sen. Hagel will do a wonderful job in a very important role, which is leading the Deparment of Defense at a challenging time for our country. We need our new secretary of defense in place."



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Thomas Nass

I say again:
The only things that are certain about the GOP(Grand Obstructionist Party), Republican Party is that they singularly excel in Interrupting the Democratic Process at the expense of the best interests of this Country because they Despise Obama to a point bordering on insanity. If Obama says Yes they say No. If Obama says No they say Yes. Their unabashed Allegiance to the “Interests” of their “Special Interests” proprietors is also most disturbing. To say nothing of their predisposition for lying! All at the expense of this Country’s best interests! Their War with President Obama on everything he tries to do, is nothing but a distraction from their own inability to do anything useful for this Country themselves and, even more significantly, their WAR on LEGITIMATE ELECTIONS! Along with their child-like, spiteful, revenge for the American Voters rightfully denying them the opportunity of running this Country into the g round! It appears that Bipartisanship is becoming an illusion. If this becomes a reality, it won’t be long before our Democracy follows suit!All of their actions to date beg the question: Are the actions of some of us constrained by our "Will to Live"?
While the actions of others are NOT so constrained due to a "Will to Power" having supplanted the" Will to Live"? Those possessed of the "Will to Power" as their driving force, are self-destructive and take risks beyond any point of reason. Consequently, they present a constant danger to themselves and those around them!


Obama nominates a Republican? Not good enough for obstructionist right wing. We want attila the hun or maybe an Eichman; he'd cut the prison population.

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