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  2/15/2013, Adar 5, 5773

Obama Slams Republicans Over Blocking Hagel

President Barack Obama criticized the Republican members of the Senate on Thursday, shortly after they blocked Chuck Hagel's nomination as Secretary of Defense, forcing a 10-day delay in his confirmation vote.

"We've never had a Secretary of Defense filibustered before…there are only a handful of instances in which there's been any kind of filibuster of anybody for a cabinet position in our history," Obama said, adding, "My expectation and hope is that Chuck Hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the Senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary.”