Senate Republicans are pressuring the White House to change its pick for Defense Secretary. In a letter to President Obama, Sen. Miniorty Whip John Cornyn points to the lack of bipartisan support for Hagel’s nomination and calls Hagel’s record “erratic.” 

Hagel, a former Republican Senator, has faced an uphill climb toward confirmation in the Senate, even among his former party-mates, who blocked an up-or-down confirmation vote last week.

Sen. Ted Cruz added his signature to Sen. Cornyn’s letter. In a statement, Cruz said, “Given Senator Hagel’s disturbing record on foreign policy and poor confirmation hearing performance, he lacks the trust and confidence needed to serve as Defense Secretary at such a critical time.”