The Senate will hold another vote to end debate on former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelWho will temper Trump after he takes office? Hagel: I’m ‘encouraged’ by Trump’s Russia outreach Want to 'drain the swamp'? Implement regular order MORE’s (R-Neb.) confirmation on Tuesday, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.
If that cloture vote, which requires 60 votes, is successful, then the Senate will hold a final vote on Hagel either Tuesday or Wednesday, the aide said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief MORE (D-Nev.) tried to end debate on Hagel’s nomination two weeks ago, but Senate Republicans blocked his nomination from moving forward by filibustering on a 58-40 vote.
Many Republicans, including Sens. John McCainJohn McCainA guide to the committees: Senate Webb: The future of conservatism New national security adviser pick marks big change on Russia MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamClub for Growth launches ad targeting GOP tax writer Dem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-S.C.), said they would vote for cloture this week following the recess, in order to give their colleagues more time to look at Hagel’s record and get questions answered.
“I think it will happen, barring some additional revelation concerning his comments on Israel and all those other really unfortunate things he’s said in the past,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member James InhofeJames InhofeA guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law GOP bill would eliminate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau MORE (R-Okla.), however, has urged Republicans to vote against cloture, arguing that a vote to end debate is the equivalent of voting for Hagel’s confirmation.
So far, three Republicans have said they will support Hagel’s confirmation outright: Sens. Thad CochranThad CochranA guide to the committees: Senate Mulvaney sworn in as White House budget chief Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief MORE (R-Miss.), Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world MORE (R-Neb.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).
No Democrat has indicated opposition to Hagel’s confirmation.
The timing of Hagel’s confirmation vote would likely depend on Republicans: Senate rules dictate that 30 hours of post-cloture must pass before a final vote, but that time can be waived if no senator objects.