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Senate to hold Hagel confirmation hearing Jan 31

Chuck Hagel in Tokyo on October 16, 2008. Us lawmakers will have their first chance to formally question Hagel, President Barack Obama's defense secretary nominee, on January 31 when the Senate convenes a confirmation hearing.US lawmakers will have their first chance to formally question Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's defense secretary nominee, on January 31 when the Senate convenes a confirmation hearing. The Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday it will hold an open hearing, with the possibility of a follow-up session that would be closed to the public and the press.