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UPDATE: Senate confirms Hagel for defense secretary

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Senate voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to the nation's next defense secretary Tuesday.

The 58-41 vote ended a contentious fight over President Barack Obama's choice for his second-term national security team. Four Republicans joined Democrats in backing the president's nominee. 

Republicans opposed the former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska, casting him as out of the mainstream and overly critical of Israel. But Democrats stood together for Hagel, a twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran. 

Hagel will succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is stepping down after four years as CIA director and Pentagon chief. 

The vote came just hours after Republicans dropped their delay and allowed the nomination to move forward. The Senate vote to end the filibuster was 71-27. 

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The senate will move forward on the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary Tuesday.


The Senate's vote was 71-27 on Tuesday to end the GOP filibuster. The vote for Hagel's confirmation could come later Tuesday in the Senate.

Hagel was President Obama's choice to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is stepping down after four years as CIA director and Pentagon chief. 

Republicans had opposed Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska and Vietnam combat veteran. They cast him as out of the mainstream, questioned his support for Israel and suggested he was too willing to compromise with Iran. 

 

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