Senate clears the way for confirmation of Hagel
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Two days later, a Democratic move to vote on the nomination fell a few votes short as Republicans insisted they needed more time to consider the Hagel pick. The nomination also became entangled in Republican demands for more information about the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya last September.
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in that attack.
On the vote, two Democrats did not vote — Mark Udall of Colorado and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.
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