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Vote on Hagel nomination set for Tuesday

WASHINGTON  — After last week’s delays,  former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination as Secretary of Defense will come up for an open vote before the Senate Armed Service Committee at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Monday that he would be asking members to vote after they have had an opportunity for discussion.

Committee votes for such nominations are usually conducted in closed session. But Hagel’s nomination has been contentious, with about 25 GOP senators threatening to block him as they demand more financial information from Hagel as well as all texts from his past speeches.

The location for the vote has not been announced. If the committee votes to nominate him, Hagel's confirmation will then go up for a vote by the full Senate.

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