Thursday, February 14, 2013 3:28 pm
Senate to vote Thursday on advancing Hagel
By RICHARD LARDNERAssociated Press
It's unclear whether Reid has the 60 votes required to proceed to an up-or-down vote.
Reid's decision to seek a procedural vote comes a day earlier than expected, as Democrats seek to push President Barack Obama's nominee through a contentious confirmation process.
Republicans have been blocking the nomination of their former colleague and twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the leading opponents of Hagel's nomination, says he will not oppose Thursday's procedural vote.