Republicans blocked Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary, with Democrats failing to get the votes to break a filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it's the first time a nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered.
The Democrats mustered 58 votes, falling two short in the procedural vote, amid GOP questions about the former Republican senator's finances, as well as remaining tensions with the White House over last year's terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
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