Senate Armed Services Committee approves Hagel 14 to 11

February 12, 2013

Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee backed former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon Tuesday afternoon, paving the way for the full Senate to vote on President Obama’s nominee on Wednesday.

The committee vote predictably split along party lines, with the 14 Democrats on the panel voting in favor of moving the nomination to the floor and 11 Republicans voting no. One Republican was absent.

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Ernesto Londoño covers the Pentagon for the Washington Post.
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