WASHINGTON--Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) will be confirmed as Defense Secretary, with the Senate voting 71-27 on Tuesday to override a filibuster threat, clearing the way for his confirmation vote. With the 55 Senate Democrats backing him--and only a majority vote needed--his confirmation is guaranteed.
Hagel's confirmation stalled on Feb. 14 falling short of the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster. Senate rules allowed for a second chance.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) a strong Hagel opponent--critical of Hagel's views on Iran sanctions, voted not to advance Hagel's nomination. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) voted for Hagel. The Senate entire roll call is HERE.