Senate confirms Hagel to lead Pentagon

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department.

Fifty-four Democrats and just four Republicans voted in favor of confirming the Vietnam War veteran, who was once considered a maverick within the Republican party.

GOP lawmakers have criticized Hagel’s views on Middle East security and the administration’s handling of an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya.

For more information about Hagel’s confirmation and the foreign-policy victory it represents for President Obama, see the full story by Washington Post reporter Paul Kane.

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.
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