U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) released the following statement today after meeting with former Senator Chuck Hagel on his nomination for Secretary of Defense:
"Senator Hagel and I had a constructive meeting, during which he answered a wide range of questions and allayed many of my concerns. Senator Hagel clarified his position on Iran sanctions and Israel, and I am confident he is firmly committed to ensuring a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. It also is clear to me that Senator Hagel will work to promote equal treatment and opportunities for all service members.
"Senator Hagel and I worked on a number of important veteran initiatives during our time together in the Senate, and his own experiences in the military will be an important guide as he moves forward in this new role.
"He will have my support for Defense Secretary when the Senate votes on his nomination in the coming weeks. As we discussed in our meeting today, my colleagues and I will be watching his actions closely to ensure that issues of concern do not emerge as he takes on this critical position."