WASHINGTON— A deeply divided Senate moved toward a vote Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s contentious choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department, with the former Republican senator on track to win confirmation after a protracted political fight.
Twelve days after Republicans stalled the nomination, the Senate was slated to vote on ending the unprecedented GOP filibuster of Hagel, a twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran.
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Senate Republicans signaled late Monday they would end their delaying tactics, and a vote to confirm Hagel could come late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asked what the filibuster had done for “my Republican colleagues.”
“Twelve days later, nothing. Nothing has changed,” the Nevada Democrat said on the Senate floor. “Sen. Hagel’s exemplary record of service to his country remains untarnished.”
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