U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as the next United States Secretary of Defense.
"As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I look forward to considering President Obama's nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel is a decorated war hero with a strong record of bipartisanship on foreign policy and defense issues. I will do all I can to ensure the confirmation hearing addresses important questions regarding the future of our military, the current budgetary challenges facing the country and other important security issues such as U.S. policy towards Iran."