Senate Republicans block vote on confirming Hagel as defense chief

WASHINGTON Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:34pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate voted narrowly on Thursday to block a vote on confirmation of President Barack Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, planning another vote for February 26 - when it is expected to pass.

The tally was 58-40, with almost every Republican voting no, falling short of the 60 needed to pass a motion in the 100-seat chamber to stop debate and allow a vote by the full Senate on confirming the former Republican senator to the post.

The Senate's Democratic majority leader, Harry Reid, said the Senate would vote again on the motion on February 26, after it returns from a week-long recess. Republicans said they expected the motion would pass then, after they have had more time to consider the nomination, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote on Hagel's confirmation.

With Democrats controlling a majority of 55 votes in the Senate, Hagel's nomination is expected to win the simple majority of 51 votes it needs to be passed by the full Senate once such a vote is allowed.

(Reporting By Patricia Zengerle)

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americanguy wrote:
Republican, democrat, doesn’t matter on this issue.
What I want to know is what place does blocking a vote in Congress have in a democracy? A few people stopping the will of the people is NOT a democracy.
If Hagel went up for a vote and did not get the votes, I can live with that, but the vote blocking thing really chaps my rear.
We the people need to get that bogus rule under control.
If a few people can block votes (mostly after getting bribe money) over and over again by our elected representatives, we are no longer a democracy, we are a dictatorship by proxy.

Feb 14, 2013 6:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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