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

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
12/01/11 S Amdt 1274 Authorizes Further Detention After Trial During Wartime
Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 59)
Nay
11/30/11 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
11/29/11 S Amdt 1064 Repeals Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq
Amendment Rejected - Senate (30 - 67)
Yea
11/29/11 S Amdt 1107 Removes Provisions Requiring Military Custody of al-Qaeda Suspects
Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 60)
Yea
11/17/11 HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (70 - 30)
Yea
11/17/11 S Amdt 1107 Removes Provisions Requiring Military Custody of al-Qaeda Suspects
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
11/10/11 S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 56)
Nay
11/10/11 S J Res 27 Disapproval of EPA Cross-Border Pollution Rule
Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 56)
Nay
11/10/11 S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry
Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Nay
11/03/11 S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million
Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 49)
Yea
11/03/11 S 1786 Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011
Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 53)
Nay
10/31/11 S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/21/11 S Amdt 753 Prohibits the Use of Funds for Prosecution of Enemy Combatants in Civilian Courts
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 52)
Nay
10/21/11 S Amdt 791 Limits Farm Subsidies to Individuals with Incomes Under $1 million
Amendment Adopted - Senate (84 - 15)
Yea
10/20/11 S Amdt 769 Authorizes Individuals to Import FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55)
Yea
10/18/11 S Amdt 740 Repeals Funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 55)
Nay
10/12/11 HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia
Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 33)
Nay
10/12/11 HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama
Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 22)
Nay
10/12/11 HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea
Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 15)
Yea
10/11/11 S 1619 Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011
Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 35)
Yea
10/11/11 S 1660 American Jobs Act of 2011
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
9/26/11 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (79 - 12)
Yea
9/23/11 S Amdt 655 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012
Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 36)
Yea
9/22/11 S 1619 Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011
None - Senate
Sponsor
9/22/11 S Amdt 633 Extends Trade Adjustment Assistance
Amendment Adopted - Senate (69 - 28)
Yea
9/22/11 S Amdt 634 Sale of F-16 Aircraft to Taiwan
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 48)
Nay
9/21/11 S Amdt 625 Reducing and Extending Trade Adjustment Assistance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Nay
9/21/11 S Amdt 641 Requires Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance to be Contingent Upon Ratification of Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Korea and Panama
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
Nay
9/21/11 S Amdt 642 Modifies Eligibility Requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 57)
Nay
9/21/11 S Amdt 645 Repeals the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54)
Nay
9/15/11 S Amdt 602 Emergency Disaster Relief Appropriations
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 37)
Yea
9/15/11 S Amdt 613 Reducing Appropriations for Foreign Assistance Programs
Amendment Rejected - Senate (20 - 78)
Nay
9/08/11 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 9)
Yea
8/02/11 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (74 - 26)
Yea
7/31/11 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Reid Bill)
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
7/29/11 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill)
Bill Tabled - Senate (59 - 41)
Yea
7/22/11 HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011
Bill Tabled - Senate (51 - 46)
Yea
6/23/11 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Nay
6/21/11 S 782 Economic Development Revitalization Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 51)
Yea
6/14/11 S Amdt 436 Repeals the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (40 - 59)
Nay
6/09/11 S Amdt 390 Amending Small Business Regulations
Amendment Rejected - Senate (53 - 46)
Nay
6/08/11 S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions
Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 45)
Nay
5/26/11 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (72 - 23)
Nay
5/25/11 H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget
Motion Rejected - Senate (40 - 57)
Nay
5/25/11 S Con Res 21 2012 Budget
Motion Rejected - Senate (42 - 55)
Nay
5/23/11 S 1038 PATRIOT Act Extension
Cloture Invoked - Senate (74 - 8)
Yea
5/18/11 S 953 Offshore Production and Safety Act
Motion Rejected - Senate (42 - 57)
Nay
5/17/11 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws
Motion Rejected - Senate (52 - 48)
Yea
5/10/11 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/14/11 HR 1473 2011 Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 19)
Yea

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