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Collins to Vote Against, but Not Filibuster, Hagel

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire joined Graham to write a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama asking whether, during the attack, he personally spoke “with any officials in the Libyan government to request assistance for our American personnel.”

McCain said Wednesday they still had not received an answer from the White House, but he expects to receive one. If they get their questions answered, McCain and Graham are expected to vote for cloture, even though they oppose Hagel’s confirmation.

With Collins also supporting a cloture vote, Senate Democrats appear to have enough support to invoke cloture on the nomination, assuming the Benghazi questions are answered. Sens. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the top Republican on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Mike Johanns of Nebraska have also said they will support Hagel’s confirmation.

Sarah Chacko and Emily Cadei contributed to this report.

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