Hagel could secure the nomination with just Democratic support, so long as no GOP member opted to filibuster the pick.
Report: Johanns to back Hagel nomination
At the hearing, Hagel had to disavow some of his previous statements he "regretted." For example, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) brought up Hagel's past comment that Israel kept Palestinians "caged up like animals." He also faced criticism for once commenting that the "Jewish lobby" intimidates figures in Washington.