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Senate Committee Approves Hagel

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Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (C) shares a laugh with former U.S. Sen. John Warner (L) and former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, before Hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of Defense on January 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the president's nomination of Chuck Hagel to become the next secretary of Defense—but just barely. The committee voted 14 to 11 Tuesday to let Hagel move on to the next round, despite the efforts of Republican senators such as John McCain and Ted Cruz who tried to delay the vote once more. The whole Senate will vote on Hagel's confirmation later this week.