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McHugh deadlock may be settled soon

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Talks are under way between the Obama administration and two senators that could lead to a vote as early as this week on the nomination of Rep. John M. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, to become the next Secretary of the Army, according to an article in the Army Times.


Mr. McHugh's nomination has been in limbo while members of the Kansas congressional delegation have pressed a dispute with the administration on the fate of suspected terrorists and terrorist supporters.


Using Senate rules that allow lawmakers to place holds on nominations, the two senators from Kansas have blocked votes on Pentagon and Justice Department nominations until they get assurances that detainees held at the U.S. Naval prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will not be transferred to the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.


Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Friday that administration officials met with the senators Thursday to try and break the deadlock.


"Hopefully, blockages could be removed," Levin said. "I hope we can get to the nominations next week," the Army Times reported.

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