Senator Al Franken's Voting Records


Office: U.S. Senate (MN) - Jr, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic/Farmer/Labor for U.S. Senate
Issue Category

64 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/31/14 HR 5021 Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
None - Senate (81 - 13)
7/29/14 HR 5021 Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 
Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 18)
7/29/14 S Amdt 3583 Appropriates Funds to the Highway Trust Fund
Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 31)
7/29/14 S Amdt 3584 Transportation Empowerment Act
Amendment Rejected - Senate (28 - 69)
7/29/14 S Amdt 3585 Exempts Infrastructure Damaged by Natural Disasters from Environmental Reviews
Amendment Adopted - Senate (47 - 50)
2/06/12 HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (75 - 20)
11/17/11 HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (70 - 30)
11/03/11 S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million
Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 49)
11/03/11 S 1786 Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011
Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 53)
2/15/11 S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
2/15/11 S Amdt 21 Reducing Federal Aviation Administration Appropriations
Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 47)
12/21/10 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (79 - 16)
8/05/10 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (61 - 39)
3/17/10 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill")
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (68 - 29)
2/24/10 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill")
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (70 - 28)
2/22/10 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill")
Cloture Invoked - Senate (62 - 30)
12/13/09 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (57 - 35)
8/06/09 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37)

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