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Senate plans test vote on Chuck Hagel nomination

WASHINGTON — The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to cut off debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, testing whether there is support for a final vote to confirm President Obama’s embattled nominee.

The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said he intended to try to end the Republican filibuster of Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska whose nomination was blocked Feb. 14.

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