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Republicans threatening Hagel filibuster

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14-11 in favor of Chuck Hagel's nomination to Defense Secretary, following a contentious hearing on Tuesday. But Republicans are now threatening to force a cloture vote on the nomination when it comes up before the full Senate, and have accused Harry Reid of "jamming" the nomination through instead of honoring a Republican delay on the vote.

"This is a controversial nominee. I think they are jamming the vote,” Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said, the National Journal reports. “Our caucus believes that having cloture on Hagel this soon with this many unanswered questions and the administration stonewalling is inappropriate by Harry Reid.”

Graham had attempted to block the vote on Hagel until more questions could be answered, but Senate Majority Leader Reid, D-Nev., said he wouldn't honor the hold. So Republicans are considering a filibuster to force the nomination to get a cloture vote, meaning Hagel would have to clear 60 votes before he can get an up-or-down vote in the Senate. It would only take one senator to make this happen.

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