The U.S. Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, largely along party lines.
The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm Hagel on Tuesday afternoon, with 54 senators in the Democratic caucus joining four Republicans in voting for him.
The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm Hageln on Tuesday afternoon, with 54 senators in the Democratic caucus joining four Republicans in voting for him.
The Democratic-led Senate had sought to confirm President Obama's nominee earlier this month, and the Armed Services Committee approved him in a 14-11 vote on Feb. 12.
Senate Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.
In a party-line vote Thursday, Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate and clear the way for a final vote on Hagel's nomination. The vote was 58-40.
Some national Jewish leaders, deeply worried and upset over the nomination of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, are in a quandary about whether or not to publicly speak out against his confirmation.
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