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Harry Reid Files For Cloture On Chuck Hagel Nomination

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev gestures as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb.
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev gestures as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, prior to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats filed a motion to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, setting up a showdown vote by Friday on President Barack Obama's pick to head the Pentagon.

Democrats are expected to muster the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to clear a Republican procedural roadblock, clearing the way for a vote on his confirmation.

Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Majority leader, filed the motion to end debate after Republicans refused to give unanimous consent to allow a confirmation vote. (Reporting By Thomas Ferraro and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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