The Chuck Hagel filibuster: What do Republicans want?

The GOP is demanding 60 votes to move forward on Obama's defense secretary nomination, but won't use the "F" word

Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), center, Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), and John McCain (Ariz.) continue to demand more information about Benghazi in order to vote on Hagel.
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"Republicans don't want to filibuster Chuck Hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of defense," says Rachel Weiner at The Washington Post. "They just want to require a 60-vote threshold to end debate on his confirmation." Got it? On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed for cloture, or a motion to end debate and move to a vote on confirming the Nebraska Republican, starting the clock for a Friday showdown — and a Saturday vote, if Reid gets the 60 ayes to end debate — right before the Senate adjourns for a weeklong recess.

"This is the first time in the history of our country that a presidential nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered," Reid said on the Senate floor, after Republicans wouldn't agree to an up-or-down vote. "What a shame, but that's the way it is."

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