The US Senate finally confirmed Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defence Tuesday, ending an acrimonious nominations process and handing President Barack Obama a boost as he fills his second-term cabinet.
Former US Senator Chuck Hagel, nominee for Secretary of Defence, is pictured January 31, 2013 in Washington. The US Senate confirmed Hagel to be secretary of defence Tuesday, ending an acrimonious nominations process and giving President Barack Obama a victory as he fills his second-term cabinet.
After Hagel's bruising confirmation hearing and a 10-day delay thrown up by Republicans, Senators voted 58-41 to approve the former Republican senator and decorated Vietnam War as outgoing Pentagon chief Leon Panetta's replacement.
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