Earlier Wednesday morning, Reid said he was still hopeful that Senate leaders would reach agreement on beginning the consideration of former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelLobbying World Ex-Dem leader: Clinton should include GOP in Cabinet Even Steven: How would a 50-50 Senate operate? MORE (R-Neb.) to be the next Secretary of Defense. A vote could come as early as Thursday.

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Some Republicans are threatening to force a 60-vote threshold on Hagel’s nomination in order to delay the process. GOP members have said Hagel is too weak on Iran and not a strong enough alley to Israel to lead the Defense Department.

On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Service Committee voted 14-11 in favor of Hagel’s nomination, which allows Reid to bring the nomination to the Senate floor.