Vote on Hagel set for Tuesday

The Senate will hold another vote to end debate on former Sen. Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelTrump's pick for Pentagon chief wins allies on Capitol Hill Trump pick brings scrutiny to 'revolving door' between Pentagon, industry Overnight Defense: Senators plan 22 resolutions to block Saudi arms sale | Trump defends transgender military plan | Trump, lawmakers prep to mark D-Day anniversary 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 Mason ReidWebb: Questions for Robert Mueller Steyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong The Hill's Morning Report - House Democrats clash over next steps at border 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 Sidney McCainThe peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Lindsey Graham: 'Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism' Meghan McCain knocks Lindsey Graham for defending Trump's tweets: 'This is not the person I used to know' MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Why Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets 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.


McCain said Sunday that he expected the cloture vote to succeed and that Hagel would get a final vote this week.

“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 (Jim) Mountain InhofeTrump's pick to lead Pentagon glides through confirmation hearing Trump says US will not sell Turkey F-35s after Russian missile defense system purchase Warren spars with Trump's top Defense nominee over ethics 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 CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranBiden has a lot at stake in first debate The Hill's Morning Report — Trump turns the page back to Mueller probe Trump praises Thad Cochran: 'A real senator with incredible values' MORE (R-Miss.), Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen JohannsMeet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska Farmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying 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.