WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel will have to wait for the Senate Armed Services Committee to vote on his nomination as defense secretary.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the committee's chairman, had hoped to hold the vote on Thursday, but he issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that it was being put off beyond this week.
"The committee's review of the nomination is not yet complete," Levin said in the statement. "I intend to schedule a vote on the nomination as soon as possible.”
Some Senate Republicans pushed for the delay, saying they were seeking additional materials.
"I want the information," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the committee.
In particular, Republicans have said they want more copies of speeches Hagel gave to various groups over the years.
Hagel indicated at his hearing last week there was nothing more to turn over, however.
He said most of his paid speeches over the years were delivered in private without any prepared remarks written down.
Republican senators also have asked for additional information about foreign investment in the various companies and organizations in which Hagel has been involved.
An official working to get Hagel confirmed said the former senator already provided the committee with available materials from past speeches and worked with the Office of Government Ethics and Defense Department lawyers to ensure he's "in compliance with all applicable ethics laws and regulations."
Foreign Policy magazine reported this week that senators also are looking into a 2007 incident in which one of Hagel's senior male Senate aides harassed a junior female aide.
That report quoted Hagel's former chief of staff, Lou Ann Linehan, saying that she handled the incident and did not bring it to Hagel.
"I would not have taken it to the senator unless it required a termination and that wasn't the case," she told the publication. "The term sexual harassment shocks me a little bit. I wouldn't have put up with anything that was actually sexual harassment. I had a very low tolerance for it. I don't put up with that stuff. Hagel didn't tolerate it, I didn't tolerate it."
The outlook for Hagel's nomination had been improving, with a number of Republicans pledging Monday not to filibuster it.
No Democrats have announced opposition to him and more of them have been coming out in support, including Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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