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.
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.