The Senate voted for cloture on the debate over the nomination of former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel for defense secretary Tuesday afternoon. Seventy-one senators, including 18 Republicans, voted to end the debate and move to an up or down vote on Hagel. Carl Levin, the chairman of the armed services committee, said he expects a vote on the nomination later on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday's successful cloture vote came 12 days after the first cloture vote failed to receive the necessary 60-vote majority of the Senate.

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