The Senate plans to vote once again on Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Defense secretary, with supporters aiming to clear a procedural hurdle after Republicans blocked the nominee in a historic filibuster earlier this month.
According to a Senate Democratic leadership aide, the Senate plans to hold the test vote Tuesday at noon. If Hagel clears the 60-vote threshold, a final vote would likely be scheduled by Wednesday.
The second attempt comes after Senate Republicans blocked Hagel on Feb. 14, marking the first time the chamber had successfully filibustered a Cabinet nominee. Republicans voiced lingering concerns about Hagel’s record, but for the most part held up the nomination over demands for more information from the Obama administration on the Sept. 11 Libya attacks.