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Committee: Hagel nomination on track

WASHINGTON (AP) – Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next defense secretary remains on track despite Republican demands for additional information about his paid speeches and business dealings, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Thursday.

The GOP requests dealt a setback to President Barack Obama’s pick, forcing the committee to announce late Wednesday it would postpone a vote on the nomination. A new date has not been set.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the committee, said the additional requests were extraordinary and that Hagel had complied with the panel. He said he would move ahead with a vote as soon as possible. Levin said he was confident the Senate would confirm Hagel.

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