BREAKING: A cloture vote on President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense has just failed in the U.S. Senate. Hagel’s nomination required 60-votes to invoke cloture and bring his nomination to the floor of the Senate for a final vote, which will require only a majority vote for confirmation. The vote today was 58 in favor, 40 against, and 1 voting present.
Harry Reid says he will bring it back up for a vote again week after next. Hagel has refused to provide information to GOP Senators asked for weeks ago.
Senate votes against cloture for Hagel. 58-40 with Hatch voting present. 4 GOP yeas: Johanns, Collins, Murkowski & Collins.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 14, 2013
Hagel cloture vote-fails 58-40.. R’s voted for Collins (R-ME), Johanns (R-NE, Cochran (R-ME) and Murkowski (R-AK)— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) February 14, 2013
Republicans block Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, voting to prevent confirmation on 58-40 roll call vote #breaking— POLITICO (@politico) February 14, 2013
For #Hagel opp’s:Don’t expect GOP filibuster 2 hold whn Senate returns after recess unless new info causes anti-filibuster Rs to change mind— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) February 14, 2013
Hagel tanked at his hearing, squeaked out of committee on a party-line vote, and lost a cloture vote. But he’s a sure thing after recess!— Michael Goldfarb (@thegoldfarb) February 14, 2013
Kristol group puts out stmnt promising to redouble its efforts against Hagel sulia.com/my_thoughts/10…— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) February 14, 2013