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 97%
TX Sen. Ted Cruz R 95%
KY Sen. Rand Paul R 93%
KS Sen. Pat Roberts R 90%
SC Sen. Tim Scott R 86%
OK Sen. Tom Coburn R 85%
AL Sen. Jeff Sessions R 85%
ID Sen. Jim Risch R 84%
FL Sen. Marco Rubio R 82%
ID Sen. Michael Crapo R 81%
WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 81%
OK Sen. James Inhofe R 79%
TX Sen. John Cornyn R 75%
AL Sen. Richard Shelby R 75%
IA Sen. Charles Grassley R 73%
WY Sen. Michael Enzi R 70%
LA Sen. David Vitter R 70%
WY Sen. John Barrasso R 68%
AR Sen. John Boozman R 68%
KY Sen. Mitch McConnell R 67%
KS Sen. Jerry Moran R 67%
PA Sen. Patrick Toomey R 67%
NE Sen. Deb Fischer R 65%
NV Sen. Dean Heller R 63%
SD Sen. John Thune R 61%
IN Sen. Daniel Coats R 59%
AZ Sen. Jeff Flake R 59%
NC Sen. Richard Burr R 57%
OH Sen. Rob Portman R 55%
MO Sen. Roy Blunt R 52%
GA Sen. Saxby Chambliss R 52%
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch R 52%
NE Sen. Mike Johanns R 52%
MS Sen. Thad Cochran R 51%
GA Sen. Johnny Isakson R 49%
AZ Sen. John McCain R 49%
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte R 48%
TN Sen. Bob Corker R 48%
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham R 47%
TN Sen. Lamar Alexander R 46%
MS Sen. Roger Wicker R 45%
ND Sen. John Hoeven R 41%
IL Sen. Mark Kirk R 37%
AK Sen. Lisa Murkowski R 23%
ME Sen. Susan Collins R 22%
WV Sen. Joe Manchin III D 14%
AK Sen. Mark Begich D 11%
MT Sen. Max Baucus D 10%
AR Sen. Mark Pryor D 10%
NV Sen. Harry Reid D 10%
MO Sen. Claire McCaskill D 8%
DE Sen. Thomas Carper D 7%
VT Sen. Bernard Sanders I 7%
MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren D 7%
OH Sen. Sherrod Brown D 5%
MA Sen. William Cowan D 5%
NC Sen. Kay Hagan D 5%
ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp D 5%
NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D 5%
MT Sen. Jon Tester D 5%
LA Sen. Mary Landrieu D 4%
WI Sen. Tammy Baldwin D 3%
CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal D 3%
PA Sen. Bob Casey D 3%
VA Sen. Tim Kaine D 3%
VT Sen. Patrick Leahy D 3%
OR Sen. Jeff Merkley D 3%
CT Sen. Christopher Murphy D 3%
VA Sen. Mark Warner D 3%
OR Sen. Ron Wyden D 3%
CO Sen. Michael Bennet D 2%
DE Sen. Christopher Coons D 2%
IN Sen. Joe Donnelly D 2%
IL Sen. Richard Durbin D 2%
CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein D 2%
MN Sen. Al Franken D 2%
NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D 2%
SD Sen. Tim Johnson D 2%
MI Sen. Carl Levin D 2%
NJ Sen. Robert Menendez D 2%
RI Sen. Jack Reed D 2%
WV Sen. John Rockefeller IV D 2%
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D 2%
CA Sen. Barbara Boxer D 0%
WA Sen. Maria Cantwell D 0%
MD Sen. Benjamin Cardin 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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