The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to vote on Hagel’s confirmation on Tuesday. Reid said the Senate would take up his confirmation Wednesday or Thursday, assuming he makes it through the committee. 

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“Never in history has there been a filibuster on a defense nomination, and I hope that will continue," Reid said on the floor Monday.

The former GOP senator from Nebraska has faced some opposition from members of his own party. Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeSenators get classified briefing on America's nuclear arsenal EPA's Pruitt: Bring back 'true environmentalism' Tax cut complete, hawks push for military increase MORE (R-Okla.) on Sunday warned he would force a 60-vote majority on a Hagel confirmation.

Republicans have criticized Hagel for being weak on Iran and not being a strong enough ally to Israel.

Reid said after Hagel’s nomination and a weeklong state work period, the Senate would take up the nominations of Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewOvernight Finance: Hatch announces retirement from Senate | What you can expect from new tax code | Five ways finance laws could change in 2018 | Peter Thiel bets big on bitcoin Ex-Obama Treasury secretary: Tax cuts 'leaving us broke' Senator demands answers from DOJ on Russia bribery probe MORE to be secretary of the Treasury and John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).