US Senate Democrats pave way for full Senate vote on Hagel

WASHINGTON - US Senate Democrats filed a motion to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as US President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, setting up a showdown vote by Friday on President Barack Obama's pick to head the Pentagon.
Democrats are expected to muster the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to clear a Republican procedural roadblock, clearing the way for a vote on his confirmation.
Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Majority leader, filed the motion to end debate after Republicans refused to give unanimous consent to allow a confirmation vote.
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