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Former Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel continues to battle for his confirmation as Secretary of Defense. Tuesday the Armed Services committee approved his nomination, but now it's before the Senate.
Democrats need 60 votes to end a filibuster, but the move is all but certain to fail.
There's GOP opposition surrounding questions about Hagel's finances and tension between some Republican senators and the White House over the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Efforts to reach a compromise were unsuccessful Thursday, meaning a vote to stop a filibuster against his nomination will likely fail.
However, Republicans signaled they'd be willing to allow the nomination to proceed after recess, when only a simply majority of 51 votes are required to end a filibuster. The Senate is not in session next week.
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