Senate Republicans block Hagel nomination – for now
Hagel failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to advance to a final confirmation vote. His nomination is still expected to be taken up at a later date, but Republicans mounted an unprecedented opposition, mostly over demands that the White House provide more information about the Libya terror attack.
Senate Republicans Block Vote on Nomination of Hagel for Defense Post
Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Pentagon, arguing that Democrats were trying to rush a choice they needed more time to consider.In a vote that broke down mainly on party lines, the Senate declined to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, a move that does not end his chances of eventually taking the job but holds him back for now.Democrats vowed to hold another vote when the Senate returns from recess in 10 days. And all signs indicated that many Republicans who voted against Mr. Hagel on Thursday would not do so then.
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