The Florida Republican senator announced that he won't support President Obama's nominee to head the Pentagon.
Much rides on Hagel's performance before the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Here's who to keep an eye on.
Absent a major problem at his confirmation hearing, Hagel is now on a path for confirmation.
Results reflect Hagel's relative obscurity and strained relationship with his own party.
What seems abundantly clear is that if Schumer could make his decision on Hagel in a political vacuum, he would probably vote no. But he can't.
In an interview, the former secretary of state vouched for President Obama's nominee to head the Pentagon.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the defense secretary nominee's "temperament" will come up in his confirmation hearings.
The New York senator and close ally of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) sounds skeptical.
The Armed Service Committee will hold confirmation hearings on Hagel. Here's where its 26 members stand.