113th 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 98%
TX Sen. Ted Cruz R 95%
KY Sen. Rand Paul R 94%
KS Sen. Pat Roberts R 93%
SC Sen. Tim Scott R 88%
WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 86%
ID Sen. Jim Risch R 86%
OK Sen. James Inhofe R 85%
OK Sen. Tom Coburn R 84%
FL Sen. Marco Rubio R 83%
AL Sen. Jeff Sessions R 83%
TX Sen. John Cornyn R 82%
ID Sen. Michael Crapo R 81%
AL Sen. Richard Shelby R 79%
WY Sen. Michael Enzi R 78%
IA Sen. Charles Grassley R 77%
WY Sen. John Barrasso R 76%
KY Sen. Mitch McConnell R 73%
PA Sen. Patrick Toomey R 72%
AR Sen. John Boozman R 71%
LA Sen. David Vitter R 70%
NE Sen. Deb Fischer R 67%
NV Sen. Dean Heller R 67%
KS Sen. Jerry Moran R 66%
SD Sen. John Thune R 65%
IN Sen. Daniel Coats R 63%
AZ Sen. Jeff Flake R 62%
NC Sen. Richard Burr R 58%
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch R 57%
MS Sen. Thad Cochran R 56%
NE Sen. Mike Johanns R 56%
MO Sen. Roy Blunt R 55%
OH Sen. Rob Portman R 54%
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte R 52%
GA Sen. Saxby Chambliss R 52%
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham R 51%
GA Sen. Johnny Isakson R 51%
AZ Sen. John McCain R 51%
MS Sen. Roger Wicker R 50%
TN Sen. Lamar Alexander R 49%
TN Sen. Bob Corker R 48%
ND Sen. John Hoeven R 44%
IL Sen. Mark Kirk R 41%
AK Sen. Lisa Murkowski R 25%
ME Sen. Susan Collins R 24%
NV Sen. Harry Reid D 12%
MT Sen. Max Baucus D 10%
WV Sen. Joe Manchin III D 10%
AR Sen. Mark Pryor D 10%
AK Sen. Mark Begich D 9%
DE Sen. Thomas Carper D 6%
NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D 6%
MA Sen. William Cowan D 5%
CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal D 4%
NC Sen. Kay Hagan D 4%
ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp D 4%
VA Sen. Tim Kaine D 4%
MO Sen. Claire McCaskill D 4%
OR Sen. Jeff Merkley D 4%
VT Sen. Bernard Sanders I 4%
MT Sen. Jon Tester D 4%
MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren D 4%
OR Sen. Ron Wyden D 4%
WI Sen. Tammy Baldwin D 2%
OH Sen. Sherrod Brown D 2%
PA Sen. Bob Casey D 2%
DE Sen. Christopher Coons D 2%
IL Sen. Richard Durbin D 2%
CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein D 2%
SD Sen. Tim Johnson D 2%
LA Sen. Mary Landrieu D 2%
VT Sen. Patrick Leahy D 2%
MI Sen. Carl Levin D 2%
NJ Sen. Robert Menendez D 2%
CT Sen. Christopher Murphy D 2%
RI Sen. Jack Reed D 2%
WV Sen. John Rockefeller IV D 2%
VA Sen. Mark Warner D 2%
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D 2%
CO Sen. Michael Bennet D 0%
CA Sen. Barbara Boxer D 0%
WA Sen. Maria Cantwell D 0%
MD Sen. Benjamin Cardin D 0%
IN Sen. Joe Donnelly D 0%
MN Sen. Al Franken D 0%
NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D 0%
IA Sen. Tom Harkin D 0%
NM Sen. Martin Heinrich D 0%
HI Sen. Mazie Hirono D 0%
ME Sen. Angus King I 0%
MN Sen. Amy Klobuchar D 0%
NJ Sen. Frank Lautenberg D 0%
MD Sen. Barbara Mikulski D 0%
WA Sen. Patty Murray D 0%
FL Sen. Bill Nelson D 0%
HI Sen. Brian Schatz D 0%
NY Sen. Charles Schumer D 0%
MI Sen. Debbie Stabenow D 0%
CO Sen. Mark Udall D 0%
NM Sen. Tom Udall D 0%
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