Republicans stall Hagel nomination
February 14th, 2013
05:22 PM ET

Republicans stall Hagel nomination

It appears a Senate vote on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel will be delayed for more than a week.

The Senate Thursday afternoon failed to garner enough votes to stop a filibuster against Hagel (pictured). Fifty-eight senators voted to move forward with the nomination, while 40 voted to hold it up. One senator, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, announced present, and Republican Sen. David Vitter missed the vote.

Sixty votes were needed to move the nomination forward. Senate Republicans initiated the filibuster over questions about Hagel's finances, as well as remaining tension between some Republican senators and the White House over the September terror attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

However, Republicans signaled they'd be willing to allow the nomination to proceed after recess, when only a simply majority of 51 votes are required to end a filibuster. The Senate is not in session next week.

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  1. Portland tony

    This is why the US is decaying. McCain said he'd vote to end the filibuster after more Benghazi "information" were made available. Republicans are just playing politics while "Rome burn". They keep this up they will seize to exist as a party. This action is just too "old school" for modern citizens to fathom!

    February 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      McCain's, et al, machinations sound very clode to extortion to me.
      In the meantime, there is no guidance for our troops overseas. Lovely.

      February 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The republicans filibustered ? I'm left speechless by this revelation.

    February 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. chrissy

    More *romper room* antics by this brat pack! How in the first place were they allowed to change it from a majority vote needed to 60 votes needed? They can just make up the rules as they go i guess.

    February 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. 1608

    Just anouther way of sayin, my way or the highway. No matter Dem./ Ind. or Rep./TP. I think in this case it is the gop/tp.

    February 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    @ 1608, i just cannot believe that knowing how low the Republicans ratings are and have been that they would have the gall to continue stonewalling everything that comes before them for vote! Someone needs to check that room for either a lack of oxygen or chemical infiltration!

    February 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Chris Dorner Enterprises

    What is this story about?

    February 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ancient Texan

    chrissy- I answered your "stonewalling" comment, but the moderator blocked it...and I was nice!

    February 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Rascal Rabble

    obama loves stonewall too!

    February 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. chrissy

    @ Ancient Texan, there doesnt seem to be any rhym nor reasom to how the mods block or delete posts these days. But be gatient it might show up anytime. ;)

    February 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. 1608

    When the gop tells u 2 turn right, go any other way but right.

    February 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Scottish Mama

    360 plus this 1= 361 fillibusters from the GOPers. 10% approval rating for the congress.
    Dems get out and vote the GOPers out of office in your local congressional elections.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Scottish Mama

    Send a Democrat to congress and see the revival of the economy in United states of America.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Lesa Haas

    scizopheina by the govt is mind control-and those who target you are assasins. terriorist, who do police brutality and torture of your mind...

    February 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. MaryM

    the republican party has lost its collective mind. If there is ever again a republican preisdent, All of his/her cabinet nominations will be filibustered. Understand that repubs

    February 17, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse | Reply

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