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71-27 Vote Kills Filibuster
By Harold Hutchison

Former Senator Chuck Hagel was confirmed by the United States Senate after a Republican filibuster was broken. The 71-27 cloture vote removed the only obstacle to Hagel’s confirmation, which became very rocky after the former Senator badly stumbled during his confirmation hearings.

Of the 41 no votes for confirmation, at least 14 voted for cloture. Had those who voted no on the nomination held firm in the filibuster, Hagel’s nomination would have failed.

Hagel’s record came under increasing fire when a number of speeches were unearthed after he failed to disclose them to the Senate. Big Peace at Breitbart.com reported on those speeches, some of which were given during Hagel’s tenure in the Senate.