House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King came out strongly in favor of the expected announcement that President Barack Obama will on Wednesday morning nominate Leon Panetta as secretary of Defense and Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director. While much of Capitol Hill remained mum Wednesday morning, the New York Republican said he will "strongly support" the planned nominations, citing the men's roles in fighting against al-Qaida.
Panetta is currently serving as director of the CIA. The offices of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to comment before the news was official. Panetta and Petraeus will have to be approved by the Senate before officially taking their positions.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.