WASHINGTON — Sentaor Mark Kirk is lobbying his colleagues against President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, handing out a document on the Senate floor with some of his controversial statements regarding the terrorist group Hezbollah.
In office, Hagel declined to sign a congressional letter urging the European Union to blacklist the group.
According to two Republicans familiar with the situation, the document included some of Hagel’s positions and statements, as well as a list of the Americans who have been killed by the group. The list included 280 names, broken down by state.
Kirk’s office has been conducting a behind the scenes campaign against Hagel’s nomination for sometime, lobbying members in both parties to oppose him.
Kirk suffered a stroke last January and spent much of the year recovering. On Jan. 3, 2013, he resumed a regular schedule on Capitol Hill, walking up the Capitol steps with most of his colleagues standing and applauding.
A copy of the “fact sheet” obtained by Buzzfeed is below:
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- Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to the "severe threat" posed to his state by Tropical Storm Erika. ›
- President Obama marked a decade of recovery after Hurricane Katrina, citing gains, but also the immense amount of work that he said still needs to be done. ›