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 96%
TX Sen. Ted Cruz R 93%
KS Sen. Pat Roberts R 93%
KY Sen. Rand Paul R 92%
OK Sen. Tom Coburn R 85%
ID Sen. Jim Risch R 85%
SC Sen. Tim Scott R 85%
AL Sen. Jeff Sessions R 84%
WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 83%
ID Sen. Michael Crapo R 81%
FL Sen. Marco Rubio R 81%
OK Sen. James Inhofe R 80%
TX Sen. John Cornyn R 79%
AL Sen. Richard Shelby R 75%
WY Sen. Michael Enzi R 74%
IA Sen. Charles Grassley R 73%
WY Sen. John Barrasso R 72%
PA Sen. Patrick Toomey R 71%
KY Sen. Mitch McConnell R 68%
AR Sen. John Boozman R 67%
LA Sen. David Vitter R 67%
NE Sen. Deb Fischer R 66%
NV Sen. Dean Heller R 64%
KS Sen. Jerry Moran R 64%
AZ Sen. Jeff Flake R 61%
IN Sen. Daniel Coats R 60%
SD Sen. John Thune R 60%
NC Sen. Richard Burr R 58%
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch R 54%
OH Sen. Rob Portman R 54%
MS Sen. Thad Cochran R 53%
NE Sen. Mike Johanns R 52%
MO Sen. Roy Blunt R 51%
AZ Sen. John McCain R 51%
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte R 50%
GA Sen. Saxby Chambliss R 50%
SC Sen. Lindsey Graham R 49%
GA Sen. Johnny Isakson R 49%
TN Sen. Lamar Alexander R 48%
TN Sen. Bob Corker R 48%
MS Sen. Roger Wicker R 46%
ND Sen. John Hoeven R 41%
IL Sen. Mark Kirk R 38%
AK Sen. Lisa Murkowski R 23%
ME Sen. Susan Collins R 22%
WV Sen. Joe Manchin III D 11%
NV Sen. Harry Reid D 11%
MT Sen. Max Baucus D 10%
AK Sen. Mark Begich D 10%
AR Sen. Mark Pryor D 9%
DE Sen. Thomas Carper D 6%
VT Sen. Bernard Sanders I 6%
NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D 6%
MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren D 6%
MA Sen. William Cowan D 5%
WI Sen. Tammy Baldwin D 4%
CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal D 4%
OH Sen. Sherrod Brown D 4%
NC Sen. Kay Hagan D 4%
ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp D 4%
VA Sen. Tim Kaine D 4%
VT Sen. Patrick Leahy D 4%
MO Sen. Claire McCaskill D 4%
OR Sen. Jeff Merkley D 4%
CT Sen. Christopher Murphy D 4%
MT Sen. Jon Tester D 4%
OR Sen. Ron Wyden D 4%
PA Sen. Bob Casey D 2%
DE Sen. Christopher Coons D 2%
IL Sen. Richard Durbin D 2%
CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein D 2%
NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D 2%
SD Sen. Tim Johnson D 2%
LA Sen. Mary Landrieu 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%
VA Sen. Mark Warner D 2%
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse D 2%
CO Sen. Michael Bennet D 0%
CA Sen. Barbara Boxer D 0%
WA Sen. Maria Cantwell D 0%
MD Sen. Benjamin Cardin D 0%
IN Sen. Joe Donnelly D 0%
MN Sen. Al Franken 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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