Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote

Posted at: 02/14/2013 3:31 PM
By: The Associated Press

Photo: Chuck Hagel
Photo: Chuck Hagel

Republicans have, for now, blocked Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary.

The Senate came up two votes short of the 60 needed to move Hagel's nomination forward as lawmakers prepare to leave town for a week's break.

Democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate.