Chuck Hagel nomination hearing set for Jan. 31

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is President Obama’s pick to be the next Secretary of Defense. (AP Photo)

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 31.

Hagel faces strong opposition from some Republican senators, who are critical of his past statements on Israel and Iran. But the former Nebraska senator got a significant boost Tuesday when Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.),  the No. 3 Democrat and most senior Jewish senator, announced his support for the nomination.

The Fix has a whip count listing the senators on the committee who have come out in support of or opposition to Hagel's nomination.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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