Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel(ABC)

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?

Senate Ends Hagel Filibuster, Clearing Path for Confirmation [NYT]