Boehner declines to weigh in on Hagel nomination fight

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday declined to weigh in on the potential filibuster of President Obama’s nominee for Defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, by Republicans in the Senate.

“I would remind you,” Boehner told MSNBC’s Luke Russert in a press conference, “that this is the House side of the Capitol. We’re not involved in the Senate nomination process, so you can ask [them].”

Senate Republicans on Thursday told Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that they would not provide the 60 votes needed to proceed to a final vote on Hagel’s nomination, a Senate Democratic leadership aide told reporters.