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Senate panel expects to vote on Chuck Hagel today

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are pushing ahead with a vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republican demands for more financial information from Hagel in a politically charged fight over President Obama’s second-term national security team.

In a brief statement, Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the panel would meet Tuesday afternoon with the ‘‘intention to vote on the nomination after the members have an opportunity for discussion.’’

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