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 92%
ID Sen. Michael Crapo R 88%
KY Sen. Rand Paul R 87%
ID Sen. Jim Risch R 87%
AL Sen. Jeff Sessions R 87%
LA Sen. David Vitter R 83%
AR Sen. John Boozman R 76%
NE Sen. Deb Fischer R 76%
OK Sen. James Inhofe R 76%
SC Sen. Tim Scott R 76%
WY Sen. John Barrasso R 70%
KS Sen. Jerry Moran R 69%
AZ Sen. Jeff Flake R 68%
GA Sen. Johnny Isakson R 64%
MS Sen. Roger Wicker R 64%
MO Sen. Roy Blunt R 63%
IA Sen. Charles Grassley R 63%
WY Sen. Mike Enzi R 62%
KS Sen. Pat Roberts R 59%
SD Sen. John Thune R 59%
PA Sen. Patrick Toomey R 59%
KY Sen. Mitch McConnell R 58%
IN Sen. Daniel Coats R 53%
TX Sen. John Cornyn R 53%
ND Sen. John Hoeven R 53%
AZ Sen. John McCain R 53%
WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 47%
TN Sen. Bob Corker R 46%
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham R 44%
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch R 44%
NC Sen. Richard Burr R 41%
MS Sen. Thad Cochran R 36%
TN Sen. Lamar Alexander R 35%
NV Sen. Dean Heller R 35%
AK Sen. Lisa Murkowski R 35%
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte R 29%
OH Sen. Rob Portman R 29%
IN Sen. Joe Donnelly D 23%
WV Sen. Joe Manchin III D 23%
PA Sen. Bob Casey D 17%
ME Sen. Susan Collins R 17%
NM Sen. Martin Heinrich D 17%
IL Sen. Mark Kirk R 17%
CT Sen. Christopher Murphy D 17%
MT Sen. Jon Tester D 17%
MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren D 17%
NV Sen. Harry Reid D 14%
CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal D 12%
OH Sen. Sherrod Brown D 12%
MD Sen. Benjamin Cardin D 12%
DE Sen. Thomas Carper D 12%
NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D 12%
ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp D 12%
HI Sen. Mazie Hirono D 12%
OR Sen. Jeff Merkley D 12%
MD Sen. Barbara Mikulski D 12%
RI Sen. Jack Reed D 12%
VT Sen. Bernard Sanders I 12%
NY Sen. Charles Schumer D 12%
NM Sen. Tom Udall D 12%
VA Sen. Mark Warner D 12%
WI Sen. Tammy Baldwin D 6%
CO Sen. Michael Bennet D 6%
CA Sen. Barbara Boxer D 6%
IL Sen. Richard Durbin D 6%
MN Sen. Al Franken D 6%
ME Sen. Angus King I 6%
MN Sen. Amy Klobuchar D 6%
VT Sen. Patrick Leahy D 6%
MO Sen. Claire McCaskill D 6%
NJ Sen. Robert Menendez D 6%
HI Sen. Brian Schatz D 6%
MI Sen. Debbie Stabenow D 6%
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D 6%
OR Sen. Ron Wyden D 6%
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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