As a new appointee on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri will have a say in the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense.
Blunt will join Democrat Claire McCaskill on the committee that will oversee Hagel's hearing.
Hagel has solicited the ire of many conservatives for his prior statements on Israel. While he served in Congress, Hagel stated that he was a United States Senator, not “an Israeli Senator.”
Blunt and his fellow Republicans are concerned he won't be a close enough ally to Israel.