GOP says it needs more time on Hagel for Pentagon
(MCT) — WASHINGTON — With Republicans balking, the Senate put off a confirmation vote on former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense.
Requiring 60 votes, a move to cut off debate on the nomination failed to pass on a 58-40 vote. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, voted present. The unsuccessful vote ended a contentious day in which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused Republicans of filibustering the nomination and Republicans griped about not having enough time and information to properly vet Hagel.
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