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FILIBUSTER Senate Delays Chuck Hagel Confirmation Chip Somodevilla

Senate Delays Hagel Confirmation

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.

February 14, 2013 5:54 PM