U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Senator Chuck Hagel (L), stands next to counterterrorism adviser John Brennan (R), the nominee for CIA Director, at the White House in Washington in this January 7, 2013 file photo. RE
Hagel to face Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 31
Posted : Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:38AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee to become the next defense secretary, will face his Senate confirmation hearing on January 31, the Senate Armed Services Committee said in a statement on Wednesday.
The announcement comes a day after Hagel's nomination won a critical boost when two leading Senate Democrats voiced their support for him and said his private assurances had eased their concerns over his positions on Israel, Iran and other issues.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Vicki Allen)
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