WASHINGTON--The Senate confirmed former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as Defense Secretary on Tuesday on a 58-41 vote. The Illinois senators split on the confirmation, with Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin for Hagel and GOP Sen. Mark Kirk against.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Senate voted 71-27 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 was 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 to erase the filibuster threat is HERE.