After 12 days of filibustering, the Senate voted to end debate on the nomination of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for the post of defense secretary.
More than a dozen Republicans joined Senate Democrats on the 71-to-27 vote to cut off the debate. Republicans who opposed Mr. Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, had insisted that they needed more time to examine his record.
There is now a vote scheduled for later today, which means that Hagel’s confirmation seems to be a lock at this point. Who’s excited?