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AFF Calls on Senate to Postpone Hagel Confirmation Hearing

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Contact: Mandy Fletcher Fraher (515) 720-5250

AFF Calls on Senate to Postpone Hagel Confirmation Hearing

Calls for close examination of Hagel’s financial disclosures

Des Moines, IA – American Future Fund is calling on the US Senate Armed Services Committee to postpone Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary until after his financial disclosure is made public and fully vetted.

Chuck Hagel’s nomination was formally submitted to the Senate on Tuesday, January 22.  According to the rules, he has five days to submit his financial disclosures which means they might receive it next Monday or Tuesday, giving the committee only a day or two for review in advance of Thursday’s hearing.

Since leaving the US Senate, Hagel’s livelihood has become intermingled with defense contractors and overseas investments.  And questions remain about his past ethics lapses and positions with regard to radical Iran.  If confirmed, Hagel is in a position to control significant parts of the defense budget.  The Senate committee has a moral and legal obligation to carefully review the background of a person nominated for any cabinet post.  These circumstances call for a close examination which cannot possibly be accomplished in one or two days.

“The Senate committee should take a slow and measured approach to the nomination of a cabinet official so crucial to the security of our nation,” stated AFF Founder Nick Ryan.  “Current Secretary Leon Panetta has stated he will stay until his successor is confirmed.  So why the rush?”

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