Earlier Wednesday morning, Reid said he was still hopeful that Senate leaders would reach agreement on beginning the consideration of former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelWho will temper Trump after he takes office? Hagel: I’m ‘encouraged’ by Trump’s Russia outreach Want to 'drain the swamp'? Implement regular order 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.