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Senate GOP block Hagel nomination over Libya raid



Published: Thu, February 14, 2013 @ 9:19 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP)

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation's next defense secretary over unrelated questions about President Barack Obama's actions in the aftermath of the deadly raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.

Obama accused Republicans of playing politics with national security during wartime, and Democrats vowed to revive the nomination after Congress' weeklong break.

By 58-40, with one abstention, the Senate fell short of the 60-vote threshold required to advance Hagel's nomination to a final, up-or-down vote on his confirmation.

Four Republicans voted with Democrats to end the debate and proceed to a final vote: Sens. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Johanns of Nebraska.


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1Sensible(118 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Blocking the Hagel nomination is the GOP way of obstructing orderly business of the government.

Graham wants to hear what he wants to hear and will not accept anything else. Because he can't get his way, he and his GOP partners will stand in the way.

Childlike behavior like this is undermining the GOP.

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