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Senate panel debates for hours before approving Hagel's nomination

The party-line vote sends Hagel’s (R-Neb.) nomination to the floor for a vote by the entire Senate this week.

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The vote took place after nearly two hours of debate in which some committee Republicans argued Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) should delay the panel vote to look into allegations that Hagel received compensation from "radical and extreme groups."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Hagel had failed to disclose funding sources that he has received, and that the committee had no way to know “if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups.”

Cruz also said that if Hagel is confirmed, he believed “it will make military conflict in the next four years substantially more likely.”

Read more on The Hill's DEFCON blog.