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Hirono Joins Call to Allow Hagel Vote

·By civilbeat

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined the call on Senate Republicans to allow a final vote on President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans in a 58-40 vote blocked Hagel’s (R-Neb.) nomination as Defense secretary from proceeding to a final up-or-down vote. Sixty votes were needed to cut off debate.

Hirono said in a statement: 

“At a time when the nation lies on the brink of potentially devastating defense cuts and the Asia-Pacific region is seeing growing instability, now