Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Senate Republicans Blocking Chuck Hagel's Nomination for Secretary of Defense

Today Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Chuck Hagel - a decorated war veteran and himself a Republican - for Secretary of Defense. 

In doing so they've proved once again they aren't interested in governing and have made clear it's time to exercise the nuclear option to do away with the 60 vote requirement that has turned the Senate into a dysfunctional institution. After all, is there a question in anyone's mind as to whether the Republicans would do away with the filibuster if they ever attained numerical control of the Senate? 

Our military is facing a troop draw-down in Afghanistan and challenges abound but instead the Republicans have chosen to abuse the rules and for the first time in history, have filibustered a nominee for Secretary of Defense.

It's time to overcome Republican obstructionists and it is time to get on with our nation's business. It is time to end the filibuster. 




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