Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., for weeks said he was undecided on whether to back a move by Frist, if it comes. Wednesday, he officially rejected signing on to a compromise.
“I believe that all of the president’s nominees deserve an up or down vote,” Hagel said, quoted by spokesman Mike Buttry. “The agreement that has been proposed calls for three of the president’s nominees not to get a vote. I could not agree to that. That is unfair and it’s not right.”
Of [Ben] Nelson’s effort, Hagel said that he wants a vote on all nominees, that the Senate is in a very difficult position and that “Sen. Nelson, like all of us, has to do what he has to do.”