114th Congress Keyvotes Senate S23-2013
Last Updated on: 1/9/2015  

The Nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense

Vote# S23-2013

Vote Result on 2013-02-26
YES
71 to 27

SEE THE KEY VOTE ALERT

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