U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after meeting with Senator Chuck Hagel to discuss his nomination to become the next Secretary of Defense:
"As part of my review of his nomination, Senator Hagel and I met today to discuss issues important to North Carolina and our entire country. I expressed to Senator Hagel my concern about the serious negative consequences sequestration would have on our state's military personnel, bases and communities. We also had a productive conversation regarding his previous comments on Israel, one of our most important allies. I thank Senator Hagel for his service to our country, and I look forward to his nomination hearing."