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 InhofePence announces first steps in establishing 'Space Force' EPA chief: Obama car rule rollback would save consumers 0B EPA’s Wheeler gets warmer welcome at Senate hearing 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: US reaches deal with ZTE | Lawmakers look to block it | Trump blasts Macron, Trudeau ahead of G-7 | Mexico files WTO complaint Obama-era Treasury secretary: Tax law will make bipartisan deficit-reduction talks harder GOP Senate report says Obama officials gave Iran access to US financial system MORE to be secretary of the Treasury and John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).