U.S Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today issued the following statement:
"Chuck Hagel will make an outstanding Secretary of Defense. He is highly qualified and his record of service to this country as a decorated combat veteran, successful CEO, senator, and statesman is extraordinary.
"Chuck is a man of uncommon independence and integrity. Chuck Hagel's candor, judgment, and expertise will serve him well as our next Secretary of Defense.
"I fully support his confirmation."