How will Fischer vote on Hagel next time?

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., reiterated Thursday during a radio interview on KFAB that she supports giving Chuck Hagel an up-or-down vote on his nomination as defense secretary.

But don’t assume that’s a commitment on how she’ll vote when the Senate takes up the nomination again Tuesday.

In a statement to The World-Herald, Fischer spokesman Joe Hack said Thursday afternoon that when the Senate returns Monday from recess Fischer “will meet with her colleagues to determine if their questions have been answered and decide if it is appropriate to end debate on the nomination.”

Fischer, who opposes the nomination, previously indicated that she would support giving Hagel an up-or-down vote, and that the only question was the timing of that vote.

She sided with most of her fellow Republicans last week in voting not to end debate on the nomination.

Hagel fell one vote shy of the 60-vote threshold needed to advance to a final vote, which then would require only a majority of senators’ votes.

Fischer said other senators still had questions about the nomination and suggested there was no reason to rush.

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