Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Presidentís Intention To Nominate Former Senator Chuck Hagel To Be Secretary Of Defense

Date: 2013-01-07
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On the Appropriations Committee those of us charged with handling the Senateís work on the Pentagon budget will have to make more than a hundred billion dollars in cuts to begin with, and it will be good to work with someone like Chuck Hagel who can lead the Pentagon during a difficult time of transition




(Media-Newswire.com) - Iíve served with Senator Hagel and I know him to be a person of great ability and integrity. On the Appropriations Committee those of us charged with handling the Senateís work on the Pentagon budget will have to make more than a hundred billion dollars in cuts to begin with, and it will be good to work with someone like Chuck Hagel who can lead the Pentagon during a difficult time of transition.

He is a combat veteran who still carries shrapnel in his body from his wounds Ė he will not need on-the-job training. I will support his nomination with enthusiasm, and I have passed that on to the President.

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