Report: Johanns to back Hagel nomination

At the hearing, Hagel had to disavow some of his previous statements he "regretted." For example, Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeConservative group presses GOP to vote against spending bill Trump accepts Cruz endorsement after saying he wouldn't In reversal, Cruz endorses Trump MORE (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.

Hagel could secure the nomination with just Democratic support, so long as no GOP member opted to filibuster the pick.