Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill today voted for the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense.
The vote took place in the Senate Armed Services Committee and was sent to the full Senate for consideration. That vote is expected Wednesday or Thursday.
Her colleague, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, opposed the nomination.
“As an enlisted combat veteran, Senator Hagel has invaluable firsthand experience, and as a respected public servant who served as a U.S. Senator and more recently on the Defense Policy Board, he has the expertise to be a successful Secretary of Defense.
"Senator Hagel also has something that’s become all-too-rare in Washington—a willingness to work in a bipartisan manner and find commonsense solutions to tough problems."
"I look forward to working with Senator Hagel, once he is confirmed by the full Senate, to root out wasteful spending, and raise the level of accountability and transparency at the Pentagon.”