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%
KY Sen. Rand Paul R 90%
ID Sen. Michael Crapo R 89%
ID Sen. Jim Risch R 88%
AL Sen. Richard Shelby R 88%
FL Sen. Marco Rubio R 81%
AL Sen. Jeff Sessions R 80%
SC Sen. Tim Scott R 79%
NE Sen. Deb Fischer R 71%
AZ Sen. Jeff Flake R 71%
LA Sen. David Vitter R 71%
AR Sen. John Boozman R 69%
OK Sen. James Inhofe R 69%
KS Sen. Jerry Moran R 67%
PA Sen. Patrick Toomey R 66%
WY Sen. Mike Enzi R 63%
WY Sen. John Barrasso R 59%
TN Sen. Bob Corker R 55%
IA Sen. Charles Grassley R 55%
SD Sen. John Thune R 54%
KS Sen. Pat Roberts R 53%
IN Sen. Daniel Coats R 52%
GA Sen. Johnny Isakson R 52%
MS Sen. Roger Wicker R 52%
MO Sen. Roy Blunt R 51%
NV Sen. Dean Heller R 51%
AZ Sen. John McCain R 51%
TX Sen. John Cornyn R 48%
WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 48%
NC Sen. Richard Burr R 43%
ND Sen. John Hoeven R 43%
KY Sen. Mitch McConnell R 43%
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch R 33%
MS Sen. Thad Cochran R 30%
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham R 30%
AK Sen. Lisa Murkowski R 30%
TN Sen. Lamar Alexander R 26%
OH Sen. Rob Portman R 26%
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte R 25%
WV Sen. Joe Manchin III D 17%
MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren D 17%
VT Sen. Bernard Sanders I 15%
IN Sen. Joe Donnelly D 14%
NV Sen. Harry Reid D 13%
PA Sen. Bob Casey D 11%
ME Sen. Susan Collins R 11%
NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D 11%
NM Sen. Martin Heinrich D 11%
IL Sen. Mark Kirk R 11%
DE Sen. Thomas Carper D 9%
HI Sen. Mazie Hirono D 9%
OR Sen. Jeff Merkley D 9%
CT Sen. Christopher Murphy D 9%
VA Sen. Mark Warner D 9%
OR Sen. Ron Wyden D 9%
CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal D 8%
MD Sen. Benjamin Cardin D 8%
RI Sen. Jack Reed D 8%
NY Sen. Charles Schumer D 8%
MT Sen. Jon Tester D 8%
NM Sen. Tom Udall D 8%
WI Sen. Tammy Baldwin D 6%
CO Sen. Michael Bennet D 6%
OH Sen. Sherrod Brown D 6%
MN Sen. Al Franken D 6%
ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp 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%
MD Sen. Barbara Mikulski D 6%
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D 6%
CA Sen. Barbara Boxer D 3%
WA Sen. Maria Cantwell D 3%
DE Sen. Christopher Coons D 3%
IL Sen. Richard Durbin D 3%
CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein D 3%
VA Sen. Tim Kaine D 3%
WA Sen. Patty Murray D 3%
FL Sen. Bill Nelson D 3%
HI Sen. Brian Schatz D 3%
NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D 3%
MI Sen. Debbie Stabenow D 3%
AK Sen. Mark Begich D 0%
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