Hagel confirmation hearing set for Jan. 31

Hagel will face a skeptical crowd of former Senate colleagues. The hearing will likely be the first that Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeMcCain absence adds to GOP agenda’s uncertainty GOP signals infrastructure bill must wait Lobbying World MORE (R-Okla.) presides over as the top Republican on the Armed Services panel. Inhofe was the latest Republican senator to state his opposition to Hagel on Tuesday.

Another three committee members, Sens. Roger WickerRoger WickerTrump Navy secretary nominee moves forward to Senate vote 355-ship Navy not a must under Trump's secretary nominee GOP senator: 'Everybody wants to get to yes' on healthcare MORE (R-Miss.), David VitterDavid VitterOvernight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Former La. official tapped as lead offshore drilling regulator Former senator who crafted chemicals law to lobby for chemicals industry MORE (R-La.) and Ted CruzTed CruzBare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Dem lawmaker: Trump should fire Sessions GOP Senate candidate: concerns about Trump are 'coming to fruition' MORE (R-Texas), have all said they are voting against Hagel.

The former Nebraska senator can also expect a grilling from Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamBare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Live coverage: Senate debates repealing ObamaCare Graham: Trump 'absolutely' showing weakness on Sessions MORE (S.C.), and some Democrats on the committee — particularly Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandGOP Senator forces Dems to vote on single payer OPINION | Democrats: Time to wish Hillary Clinton good luck and goodbye Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moves US ‘toward single-payer’ MORE (N.Y.) and Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalDem bill would ban controversial pesticide Trump attack puts Sessions in bind Dem leaders amp up calls for bipartisan ObamaCare fixes MORE (Conn.) — have also indicated they have issues with Hagel’s past statements.

While Hagel faces the toughest confirmation fight of the president’s three national security Cabinet picks, he will be the first to have his confirmation hearing.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled the confirmation for President Obama’s CIA nominee John Brennan on Feb. 7, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has not scheduled a hearing for its chairman, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the president’s nominee for secretary of State.