By Ramsey Cox
The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to vote on Hagel’s confirmation on Tuesday. Reid said the Senate would take up his confirmation Wednesday or Thursday, assuming he makes it through the committee.
The former GOP senator from Nebraska has faced some opposition from members of his own party. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Sunday warned he would force a 60-vote majority on a Hagel confirmation.
Republicans have criticized Hagel for being weak on Iran and not being a strong enough ally to Israel.
Reid said after Hagel’s nomination and a weeklong state work period, the Senate would take up the nominations of Jack Lew to be secretary of the Treasury and John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).