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
TX Sen. Ted Cruz R 100%
UT Sen. Mike Lee R 100%
AL Sen. Richard Shelby R 99%
FL Sen. Marco Rubio R 95%
KY Sen. Rand Paul R 91%
ID Sen. Michael Crapo R 90%
ID Sen. Jim Risch R 89%
SC Sen. Tim Scott R 85%
AL Sen. Jeff Sessions R 83%
AR Sen. John Boozman R 78%
LA Sen. David Vitter R 77%
KS Sen. Jerry Moran R 74%
NE Sen. Deb Fischer R 71%
OK Sen. James Inhofe R 71%
AZ Sen. Jeff Flake R 68%
PA Sen. Patrick Toomey R 66%
WY Sen. Mike Enzi R 63%
MO Sen. Roy Blunt R 61%
WY Sen. John Barrasso R 60%
IA Sen. Charles Grassley R 59%
GA Sen. Johnny Isakson R 57%
MS Sen. Roger Wicker R 57%
SD Sen. John Thune R 56%
IN Sen. Daniel Coats R 54%
KS Sen. Pat Roberts R 54%
AZ Sen. John McCain R 52%
TN Sen. Bob Corker R 50%
ND Sen. John Hoeven R 50%
WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 47%
NC Sen. Richard Burr R 46%
NV Sen. Dean Heller R 46%
KY Sen. Mitch McConnell R 46%
TX Sen. John Cornyn R 42%
AK Sen. Lisa Murkowski R 35%
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham R 34%
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch R 34%
MS Sen. Thad Cochran R 33%
OH Sen. Rob Portman R 32%
TN Sen. Lamar Alexander R 29%
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte R 24%
WV Sen. Joe Manchin III D 21%
IN Sen. Joe Donnelly D 17%
VT Sen. Bernard Sanders I 15%
ME Sen. Susan Collins R 14%
MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren D 14%
DE Sen. Thomas Carper D 11%
IL Sen. Mark Kirk R 11%
CT Sen. Christopher Murphy D 11%
PA Sen. Bob Casey D 10%
NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D 10%
NM Sen. Martin Heinrich D 10%
MT Sen. Jon Tester D 10%
NV Sen. Harry Reid D 8%
CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal D 7%
OH Sen. Sherrod Brown D 7%
MD Sen. Benjamin Cardin D 7%
ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp D 7%
HI Sen. Mazie Hirono D 7%
OR Sen. Jeff Merkley D 7%
MD Sen. Barbara Mikulski D 7%
RI Sen. Jack Reed D 7%
NY Sen. Charles Schumer D 7%
NM Sen. Tom Udall D 7%
VA Sen. Mark Warner D 7%
CA Sen. Barbara Boxer D 4%
ME Sen. Angus King I 4%
MO Sen. Claire McCaskill D 4%
NJ Sen. Robert Menendez D 4%
WI Sen. Tammy Baldwin D 3%
CO Sen. Michael Bennet D 3%
IL Sen. Richard Durbin D 3%
MN Sen. Al Franken D 3%
MN Sen. Amy Klobuchar D 3%
VT Sen. Patrick Leahy D 3%
HI Sen. Brian Schatz D 3%
MI Sen. Debbie Stabenow D 3%
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D 3%
OR Sen. Ron Wyden D 3%
AK Sen. Mark Begich D 0%
WA Sen. Maria Cantwell D 0%
DE Sen. Christopher Coons D 0%
CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein D 0%
VA Sen. Tim Kaine D 0%
WA Sen. Patty Murray D 0%
FL Sen. Bill Nelson D 0%
NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D 0%
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