"To hear some of my colleagues say that we should dispense with this frivolous debate because the president has threatened to veto, what a waste of our time -- well, if you logically follow that through, Mr. President, why do we need a Congress? . . . Mr. President, we tried a monarchy once. It's not suited to America," - Senator Chuck Hagel, Wednesday.
"If you have a problem, go meditate or go on a vacation. Don't think about it."