McCain deep-sixes Defense nominee

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Lindsey Graham: 'Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism' Meghan McCain knocks Lindsey Graham for defending Trump's tweets: 'This is not the person I used to know' MORE (R-Ariz.), incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sank the confirmation of a Defense Department official on Monday, calling her "unqualified." 

The panel was scheduled, during a hearing Tuesday, to consider the nomination of Elissa Slotkin as assistant defense secretary for international security affairs, as well as other Defense nominees. 

Sen. Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinListen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home House Democrats poised to set a dangerous precedent with president’s tax returns The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — White House to 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta's press pass after judge issues order | Graham to take over Judiciary panel | Hand recount for Florida Senate race MORE (D-Mich.), the current chairman of the committee, said the hearing was canceled after the committee decided to move forward with the other appointees, but hold off on Slotkin.  

McCain told reporters last week that he had placed a hold on her nomination, as well as that of Antony Blinken as deputy secretary of state, because both were "totally unqualified."  

He said others on the committee also opposed her nomination as well, but did not say who. 

Both senators said it would be next year before she would be considered again.  

"Obviously it can’t happen this Congress, so if they want to renominate her they would," Levin said. Congress is scheduled to recess by the end of this week.  

McCain said he would be willing to consider her nomination next year if she is renominated for the position, but currently, he opposed her confirmation.  

She has been "totally non-responsive" in answering questions he had. "We have submitted questions to her, we haven’t received answers," he said. 

Martin Matishak contributed.