FILIBUSTERED! Republicans block Hagel 58-40

So they’ve barely managed to put their foot down today. Good for them:

FOX NEWS – Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked — for now — Chuck Hagel’s nomination to lead the Pentagon, marking the first time the chamber has successfully filibustered a Cabinet nominee.

Hagel failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to advance to a final confirmation vote. His nomination is still expected to be taken up at a later date, but Republicans mounted an unprecedented opposition, mostly over demands that the White House provide more information about the Libya terror attack.

Hagel was just shy of clearing the 60-vote bar. The finally tally was 58-40, with one senator voting present. For procedural reasons, Democratic Leader Harry Reid switched his vote to “no” at the last minute — a routine move that allows him to bring up the vote later on.

Some Republicans said Thursday that they would be willing to ultimately allow for an up-or-down vote — which requires only a simple majority — once they get more answers on Libya from the administration and once lawmakers return from recess. They return the last week of February.

“There are still questions outstanding,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on the floor, asking for “sufficient time” to get those answers.


According to Allahpundit, the ‘present’ vote was made by Orrin hatch and Murkowski, Cochran, Collins, and Johanns predictably voted with the Democrats.

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  • martha chandler

    I just have one question for the GOP. WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG????????????????????

    • Conservative_Hippie

      LOL, Yup.


    The Republicans that voted against the filibuster:
    Cochran (R-MISSISSIPPI)
    Collins (R-MAINE)
    Johanns (R-NEBRASKA)
    Murkowski (R-ALASKA)

    The Democrat that voted FOR the filibuster:


    • marketcomp

      Don’t for get: Hatch (R-UT)-Present

      Vitter (R-LA)- Not voting!

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      Gee. I. Am. Surprised. I see Harry Reid knows how to play the game all too well. He is a constant disgrace.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Reid makes me sick! What a thieving coniving jerk!

  • Joe

    If I was dis-invited to a party

    I would very graciously say good night and leave quietly

    This man is odd in more ways than one

    Then again so is his “boss” – ZERO

    • Rshill7

      Who’d be inviting you to leave a party Joe? You are the party. Now git!



    Grouped By Vote Position
    YEAs —58
    Baldwin (D-WI)
    Baucus (D-MT)
    Begich (D-AK)
    Bennet (D-CO)
    Blumenthal (D-CT)
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Brown (D-OH)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Cardin (D-MD)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Cochran (R-MS)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Coons (D-DE)
    Cowan (D-MA)
    Donnelly (D-IN)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Franken (D-MN)
    Gillibrand (D-NY)
    Hagan (D-NC)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Heinrich (D-NM)
    Heitkamp (D-ND)
    Hirono (D-HI)
    Johanns (R-NE)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Kaine (D-VA)
    King (I-ME)
    Klobuchar (D-MN)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Levin (D-MI)
    Manchin (D-WV)
    McCaskill (D-MO)
    Menendez (D-NJ)
    Merkley (D-OR)
    Mikulski (D-MD)
    Murkowski (R-AK)
    Murphy (D-CT)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Pryor (D-AR)
    Reed (D-RI)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Schatz (D-HI)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Shaheen (D-NH)
    Stabenow (D-MI)
    Tester (D-MT)
    Udall (D-CO)
    Udall (D-NM)
    Warner (D-VA)
    Warren (D-MA)
    Whitehouse (D-RI)
    Wyden (D-OR)

    NAYs —40
    Alexander (R-TN)
    Ayotte (R-NH)
    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Blunt (R-MO)
    Boozman (R-AR)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Coats (R-IN)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    Cruz (R-TX)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Fischer (R-NE)
    Flake (R-AZ)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Heller (R-NV)
    Hoeven (R-ND)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Johnson (R-WI)
    Kirk (R-IL)
    Lee (R-UT)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Moran (R-KS)
    Paul (R-KY)
    Portman (R-OH)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Rubio (R-FL)
    Scott (R-SC)
    Sessions (R-AL)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Toomey (R-PA)
    Wicker (R-MS)

    Present – 1
    Hatch (R-UT)

    Not Voting – 1
    Vitter (R-LA)

    • wtf, Harry Reid voted no?

      • NWIGOP

        He voted to filibuster the nomination. The Majority Leader who lectured Republicans for holding up Hagel from being the Secretary of Defense.

      • 57thunderbird

        Procedural move.

        • PicklePlants

          Yes – it was really a 1 vote victory 59-39 until Dirty Harry switched

      • NWIGOP
      • OneThinDime

        From the write-up above: Democratic Leader Harry Reid switched his vote to “no” at the last minute — a routine move that allows him to bring up the vote later on.

        • thanks.

          • OneThinDime

            And pardon me for saying this, but that rule that allows him to change is vote sucks.

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        *Edited by author*

    • OneThinDime

      Thank you for the roll call!

    • TexasPGRRider

      THANK YOU for This, NWIGOP !!!!

  • c4pfan

    And? I still think he will be confirmed.

    • OneThinDime

      The more info they can get on Benghazi, the more it can benefit the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Committee (forgot the name).

  • Finally, some backbone!!! And you see, the world didn’t end, the sun is still shining, the heavens didn’t fall. Standing up to the liberals in Congress is NOT the end of the world. We need to see much, much, more of this. The Republicans in Congress have to understand that they are the last line of defense now against Obama’s agenda. This will become even more important when aspects of Obamacare funding come up for a vote. Today is a big step in the right direction.

  • Stehekin912

    Murkowski. Crybaby Murkowski. What a pathetic creature she is.

    • marketcomp

      Why don’t she just be a democrat and stop posing as a republican. I notice not one single democrat vote NAY but three republicans. I wish we could get rid of these people.

      • NWIGOP

        Collins, Johanns and Cochran are up next year.

        • PatrickHenrysBody

          Maine will either vote for another RINO or a Dem, if Collins chooses not to run. They are lost.

          • NWIGOP


    • misterlogic0013

      creature = great

    • Martin2717

      Joe Miller should be the senator out of Alaska. Not her.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Republicans… funny how they sqeeked out a block… in spite of themselves.

  • 57thunderbird

    Any repub that votes in favor of this nominee needs to be sent home on the next round of elections.Are you listening Portman?

    • NWIGOP

      Most likely it will be the following:

      Cochran (R-MISSISSIPPI)
      Collins (R-MAINE)
      Johanns (R-NEBRASKA)
      Murkowski (R-ALASKA)

      • 57thunderbird

        Unfortunately there is nothing I can do to unseat any of those repubes except maybe give money to whomever might run against them,if they are a real conservative.Portman is already on my S list.He is my senator as much as I hate to admit it.

        • NWIGOP

          I like Portman

          • 57thunderbird

            I did too,but recently he has voted on some issues that he should have stood against.Like the Violence Against Women Act for one.

            • NWIGOP

              Is it bad for Ohio?

              • 57thunderbird

                It’s bad for American taxpayers.Senators don’t only represent their own states anymore.He also voted to table Rand Paul’s roll call vote for stopping the sale of F-16’s and Abrams tanks to Egypt,which is the same as voting against it.So he is in favor of arming our enemies.

                • NWIGOP

                  So did many Republicans. Only 22 GOP Senators voted against it and many said they would have voted for it if it were written differently.

                • 57thunderbird

                  I know many other repubs voted against it.That is why the GOPe needs cleaned out.Too many RINO’s.

                • NWIGOP

                  Actually, some TEA Party Senators voted for it. I don’t think that vote makes them a RINO.

                • 57thunderbird

                  Well then the Tea Party made a mistake.I read the piece of legislation.Seemed pretty clear to me.

                • NWIGOP

                  Ayotte (R-NH)
                  Fischer (R-NE)
                  Flake (R-AZ)

                • OneThinDime

                  Those Senators could have introduced a bill written differently if they felt that way.

                • StrangernFiction

                  So as along as a majority of Repubicans vote to arm the enemy it’s OK.

                • NWIGOP

                  I understand why you wouldn’t want Egypt but they did it not because Egypt is an enemy but because it is unstable.

                • OneThinDime

                  Thank you for expressing that Senators don’t only represent their own states anymore. I feel the same for the House. They need to represent all of us when they are on these committees and dig deep for answers.

    • TxGold

      Susan Collins and Murkowski.

      • 57thunderbird


  • wallwatchman

    Hatch, what’s the point of a present vote? This present vote stuff is a cop out. We know you’re present. Pick a side!

    • Stehekin912

      Maybe he is emulating ThatGuy the king of the USA

      • TexasPGRRider

        The old “What goes around comes around” theory…Pretty Sneaky…Works for me….

      • wallwatchman

        Lol! That’s right, the King of the present vote! Way to emulate the wrong side senator!

  • SurfinCowboy

    Interesting. So before Reid changed his vote it was 59-39-1. That is about as close as it can get.

    • OneThinDime

      It’s a shame their “procedures” allow them to change their votes.

  • misterlogic0013

    Is OB’s egg cracking mmmmmm .. Sarah on the loose .. GOP high alert ..

  • Watchman74

    Nice, but the fact that it’s that close is still disturbing.

    • Rightstuff1

      It proves that the standard for one of the highest offices in the land could be given to a total cretin and provided it was a Dumb (Dem) president’s nominee they would vote for him.

      What a disgrace they are!

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        Cretin? Dumb? A disgrace? I’d say Hagel fits the administration of Zero to a “T”. He is not however, the best fit for America.

  • msverde1


  • Hatch is no different from any other leftist scumbag. He has opted against standing against a Jew hating, anti American scum, who disgraces the Army with his continued existence, and was doubtlessly a piss poor NCO. He has, along with the other RINOs, thrown in with the likes of Reid and Grayson, but will swear up & down that he’s better, than they are. Hatch is the same idiot that believes that Congress should be regulating college football.

    And don’t get me started on the detestable, despicable MURKOWSKI.

    When we started to get congressman that ignored the Constitution, that was the first crop of congressmen to lack backbone, strength, and integrity. The people we see in Congress, now, are too weak to lead our nation. They have no courage, conviction, or character. This little show, is nothing. Republican Conservative statesmen of yesteryear would never have even tolerated a Hagel in their midst, much less have trouble impeaching his pathetic character. If the Republicans believe this little morality play makes them look tough resolute, and ready to lead the nation, they are sadly mistaken. Against a background of kowtowing to Obama, and literally giving away billions of dollars in high tech weaponry to our enemies, as well as confirming an American TRAITOR to the position of Secretary of State, the Republicans are a day late and a buck short. They need to be more like the Democrats; get rid of this ‘big tent’ bull crap, and ideologically clean house. As how long as the Republicans are stupid enough to keep believing in the ‘big tent’, all they’ll get is clowns.

    • 57thunderbird

      I agree 100%!Well said VirusX.

    • NWIGOP

      Actually Hatch is being given high marks, he is a conservative voter.

      • Yeah. Real Conservative. Especially when he’s trying to interfere in college sports, steal taxpayer money, violate the Constitutional rights of everyone in the nation, pass bills that violate our most basic laws, give free killing machines to Muslim scum, f- Israel over, pass fake ‘violence against women’ laws, not fight the RINOfication of the GOP (tacitly side with Rove) and pay off terrorists.

        And that’s just for starters.

        Enjoy your little ‘conservative’. Give me MIKE PENCE over RINO boy, anyday.

        • NWIGOP

          My Governor?

        • ChesterWalton

          Pence, LOL, do you remember who won the election? Win the executive and then you get to pick, that is how it works.

          • “It” doesn’t concern me; I leave games to people like you. Reagan didn’t win every election, either, but it doesn’t change the fact that he was a CONSERVATIVE. Pence is Conservative. Hatch is not. You haven’t addressed a single point against Hatch, which means you CAN’T.

      • StrangernFiction

        National Taxpayers Union lifetime ratings:

        Hatch (’92 – ’11) – 72%
        Lugar (’92 – ’11) – 70%

        And he represents UTAH.

        What were you saying again?

        • NWIGOP

          what’s wrong with those scores?

        • Go back and read it, if you don’t know. As opposed to standing on your own two feet and addressing my direct attacks on positions he’s taken, what do you do?

          Break out some box scores.

          What were YOU saying?


    • PVG

      Standing O VirusX!

    • StrangernFiction

      How many statists has Hatch threatened to punch in the mouth?

    • ChesterWalton

      I couldn’t disagree more regarding your take on Hagel’s military history – the man served in the Infantry and earned two purple hearts. You keep flaming those that occupy the tent and you got no more tent and zero power and say.

  • Keep it up GOP!!! “We the People are behind you”!!!

  • iaintlyin

    McCain is a big phoney and the Most AntiAmerican American Hero of all time. Tell me John, what answers could this Hagel possibly give that will endear him to you?

  • TexasPGRRider

    Suck It Up Guys…Get TUFF…We`re Watchin`…You Betcha` !!!!

  • FreeManWalking

    The more I see the more it looks like books are cooked to a predetermined outcome.

    I know some are there for true Reform, but most end up corrupted seeking personal gain.

  • PVG

    I AM STUNNED!!! In a good way……….

  • PatrickHenrysBody


  • wodiej

    Wow, the Republicans decided to do something valuable for voters and this country for a change.

  • JungleCogs

    Never give an inch.

  • Just barely though. I’m sure they will bring it up for a vote again soon. It’s gonna be interesting to see how the John “Al Quds” Brennan nomination goes.

  • bobemakk

    Throw out Hagel and Brennan’s nomination. They both have shady backgrounds and ties to Iran/Islam.

  • Yeah!

  • Haywoodjbl

    It’s all a staged show…nothing more, and we are the paying audience…he will be confirmed by simple majority in the final scene of the “play”

  • philip127

    What’s up with Vitter not voting and Hatch voting present?!!!!!!