Senate Delays Hagel Confirmation

    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 14:  Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) talks with reporters just outside the Senate chamber in the U.S. Capitol February 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. Levin and other Democratic leaders are pushing the confirmation vote on former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to be secretary of defense despite opposition by many Senate Republicans, including fellow Vietnam veteran Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Chip Somodevilla

    Chuck Hagel will spend the next week in political limbo, after Senate Republicans delayed the Defense secretary nominee’s confirmation for another week. Senate Dems ultimately didn’t come up with the 60 votes needed to end the Republicans’ filibuster (the final count was 58 to 40). Thursday’s vote marks the first time a Defense secretary nomination has been filibustered, and in a Google hangout Thursday night, President Obama called the filibuster "unprecedented." It looks likely that the nomination will proceed after a 10-day recess, when a simple 51-vote majority will suffice.

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