Hagel Nomination Clears Filibuster
Senate will vote to confirm in a matter of hours
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 26, 2013 11:56 AM CST
In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

(Newser) – The Senate has voted 71-27 to end debate on Chuck Hagel's nomination for secretary of Defense, paving the way for his all-but-guaranteed confirmation later this afternoon. Republicans had been filibustering Hagel's nomination, with the last vote to end debate on Feb. 14 falling just short of the 60-vote threshold needed, at 58-40.

This time 11 senators changed their vote—including, notably, John McCain, Roll Call reports. (Hagel and McCain have had something of a rocky relationship, though McCain has always seemed resigned to confirming him.) The Senate will hold its final vote on Hagel around 4:30pm, and when that happens he'll need only a simple majority to be installed atop the Pentagon.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Hagel Nomination Clears Filibuster is...
8%
2%
8%
64%
15%
4%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 6 comments
G.O.P.
Feb 26, 2013 2:20 PM CST
Nero only fiddled while Rome burned
kthyregod
Feb 26, 2013 2:16 PM CST
..., brought to you live from the nation, which claims to be a super-power ...
BrushMan
Feb 26, 2013 2:00 PM CST
GOP: The party of "NO!" They filibustered over 380 bills in Mr. O's first term, some of which they wrote or sponsored themselves. Now they attempt to do the same to a Republican nominee.