Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said: "This is a critical time for national defense. It is a critical time for our country. We need to get on and approve the nomination so (Hagel) can get on with his duties as secretary of defense.
John McCain, R-Ariz., said Hagel's positions "on the principal national security issues facing our country -- the Iranian nuclear program, the resurgent Islamist terrorist threat in North Africa and the Middle East --indicate to me a disqualifying lack of professional judgment."
A yes vote was to advance the nomination.
Voting yes: Al Franken, D, Amy Klobuchar, D