114th Congress Keyvotes Senate S23-2013
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The Nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense

Vote# S23-2013

Vote Result on 2013-02-26
YES
71 to 27

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HERITAGE ACTION POSITION: NO

Vote Description

The motion ended debate to ultimately confirm former Senator Chuck Hagel to be the United States Secretary of Defense.

Heritage Action Position

Although the president has the constitutional authority to nominate Hagel, he does so only with the “Advice and Consent of the Senate.”With the multitude of challenges facing America, both in terms of evolving threats and domestic budgetary challenges, the need for competency is paramount. Unfortunately, Hagel’s confirmation hearing raised serious questions surrounding his ability to lead America’s armed forces.As Heritage explained, Hagel “repeatedly fumbled his responses on important Middle East security questions at his confirmation hearing.” On Iran, he “not only misstated his own position but also apparently fail[ed] to grasp the Administration’s stand on such an important issue.”Throughout Hagel’s confirmation hearing, an alarming pattern of incoherent, imprecise, and inaccurate answers developed. On questions ranging from the budget to nuclear weapons, Hagel displayed a quiet incompetence that makes him unfit to lead America’s armed forces, which must be capable of proactively protecting the nation and its citizens.


STATE NAME PARTY SCORE
UT Sen. Mike Lee R 100%
TX Sen. Ted Cruz R 97%
KY Sen. Rand Paul R 87%
AL Sen. Richard Shelby R 84%
ID Sen. Michael Crapo R 83%
ID Sen. Jim Risch R 82%
SC Sen. Tim Scott R 80%
AL Sen. Jeff Sessions R 80%
FL Sen. Marco Rubio R 75%
LA Sen. David Vitter R 69%
AZ Sen. Jeff Flake R 68%
OK Sen. James Inhofe R 67%
AR Sen. John Boozman R 66%
NE Sen. Deb Fischer R 66%
KS Sen. Jerry Moran R 64%
PA Sen. Patrick Toomey R 60%
WY Sen. Mike Enzi R 58%
NV Sen. Dean Heller R 57%
WY Sen. John Barrasso R 55%
IA Sen. Charles Grassley R 54%
IN Sen. Daniel Coats R 53%
MS Sen. Roger Wicker R 53%
GA Sen. Johnny Isakson R 52%
KS Sen. Pat Roberts R 52%
TN Sen. Bob Corker R 51%
AZ Sen. John McCain R 51%
SD Sen. John Thune R 51%
MO Sen. Roy Blunt R 49%
TX Sen. John Cornyn R 48%
WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 46%
NC Sen. Richard Burr R 41%
ND Sen. John Hoeven R 41%
KY Sen. Mitch McConnell R 41%
AK Sen. Lisa Murkowski R 35%
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch R 34%
MS Sen. Thad Cochran R 31%
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham R 31%
OH Sen. Rob Portman R 29%
TN Sen. Lamar Alexander R 27%
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte R 26%
WV Sen. Joe Manchin III D 21%
MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren D 21%
VT Sen. Bernard Sanders I 20%
IN Sen. Joe Donnelly D 19%
ME Sen. Susan Collins R 17%
IL Sen. Mark Kirk R 15%
OR Sen. Jeff Merkley D 15%
NV Sen. Harry Reid D 13%
NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D 12%
NM Sen. Martin Heinrich D 12%
MT Sen. Jon Tester D 12%
NJ Sen. Robert Menendez D 10%
CT Sen. Christopher Murphy D 10%
OR Sen. Ron Wyden D 10%
CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal D 9%
MD Sen. Benjamin Cardin D 9%
PA Sen. Bob Casey D 9%
ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp D 9%
RI Sen. Jack Reed D 9%
NY Sen. Charles Schumer D 9%
NM Sen. Tom Udall D 9%
OH Sen. Sherrod Brown D 8%
WI Sen. Tammy Baldwin D 7%
WA Sen. Maria Cantwell D 7%
DE Sen. Thomas Carper D 7%
MN Sen. Al Franken D 7%
HI Sen. Mazie Hirono D 7%
ME Sen. Angus King I 7%
VT Sen. Patrick Leahy D 7%
WA Sen. Patty Murray D 7%
VA Sen. Mark Warner D 7%
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D 7%
CA Sen. Barbara Boxer D 6%
CO Sen. Michael Bennet D 5%
IL Sen. Richard Durbin D 5%
MN Sen. Amy Klobuchar D 5%
MO Sen. Claire McCaskill D 5%
MD Sen. Barbara Mikulski D 5%
HI Sen. Brian Schatz D 5%
MI Sen. Debbie Stabenow D 5%
DE Sen. Christopher Coons D 2%
CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein D 2%
VA Sen. Tim Kaine D 2%
FL Sen. Bill Nelson D 2%
NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D 2%
AK Sen. Mark Begich D 0%
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