Hagel is scheduled to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday for the hearing on his nomination to be secretary of Defense.
“I plan to closely review Senator Hagel’s record and look forward to meeting with him to discuss his views on America’s role in an increasingly dangerous world,” Fischer said in a statement earlier this month. “This process will be thorough and fair, and I look forward to participating in it.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.