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%
AL Sen. Jeff Sessions R 92%
ID Sen. Michael Crapo R 88%
LA Sen. David Vitter R 88%
KY Sen. Rand Paul R 87%
ID Sen. Jim Risch R 87%
AR Sen. John Boozman R 81%
NE Sen. Deb Fischer R 81%
OK Sen. James Inhofe R 81%
SC Sen. Tim Scott R 81%
WY Sen. John Barrasso R 75%
KS Sen. Jerry Moran R 74%
AZ Sen. Jeff Flake R 73%
GA Sen. Johnny Isakson R 68%
MS Sen. Roger Wicker R 68%
MO Sen. Roy Blunt R 67%
IA Sen. Charles Grassley R 67%
WY Sen. Mike Enzi R 66%
KS Sen. Pat Roberts R 62%
SD Sen. John Thune R 62%
KY Sen. Mitch McConnell R 61%
IN Sen. Daniel Coats R 56%
TX Sen. John Cornyn R 56%
ND Sen. John Hoeven R 56%
AZ Sen. John McCain R 56%
PA Sen. Patrick Toomey R 56%
WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 50%
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham R 47%
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch R 47%
NC Sen. Richard Burr R 44%
TN Sen. Bob Corker R 42%
MS Sen. Thad Cochran R 38%
TN Sen. Lamar Alexander R 37%
NV Sen. Dean Heller R 37%
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte R 31%
AK Sen. Lisa Murkowski R 31%
OH Sen. Rob Portman R 31%
WV Sen. Joe Manchin III D 25%
ME Sen. Susan Collins R 18%
IN Sen. Joe Donnelly D 18%
IL Sen. Mark Kirk R 18%
MT Sen. Jon Tester D 18%
VT Sen. Bernard Sanders I 13%
PA Sen. Bob Casey D 12%
NM Sen. Martin Heinrich D 12%
ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp D 12%
CT Sen. Christopher Murphy D 12%
MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren D 12%
NV Sen. Harry Reid D 8%
CA Sen. Barbara Boxer D 7%
HI Sen. Mazie Hirono D 7%
ME Sen. Angus King I 7%
OR Sen. Jeff Merkley D 7%
WI Sen. Tammy Baldwin D 6%
CO Sen. Michael Bennet D 6%
CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal D 6%
OH Sen. Sherrod Brown D 6%
MD Sen. Benjamin Cardin D 6%
DE Sen. Thomas Carper D 6%
IL Sen. Richard Durbin D 6%
MN Sen. Al Franken D 6%
NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D 6%
MN Sen. Amy Klobuchar D 6%
VT Sen. Patrick Leahy D 6%
MO Sen. Claire McCaskill D 6%
MD Sen. Barbara Mikulski D 6%
RI Sen. Jack Reed D 6%
HI Sen. Brian Schatz D 6%
NY Sen. Charles Schumer D 6%
MI Sen. Debbie Stabenow D 6%
NM Sen. Tom Udall D 6%
VA Sen. Mark Warner D 6%
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse 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%
NJ Sen. Robert Menendez D 0%
WA Sen. Patty Murray D 0%
FL Sen. Bill Nelson D 0%
NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D 0%
OR Sen. Ron Wyden D 0%
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