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 InhofeJames InhofeSenate GOP gears up for fight over Guantanamo transfers GOP seeks to remove funding to design Gitmo alternative This week: Defense, energy bills top agenda MORE (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 LewJack LewThe Hill's 12:30 Report Lew: IRS chief impeachment push a 'political agenda' Ryan secures big win with bipartisan Puerto Rico deal MORE to be secretary of the Treasury and John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).