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Key Votes

Scott Brown's Voting Records on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Scott P. Brown
On The Ballot: Potential, Republican for U.S. Senate
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Gail; 2 Children: Ayla, Arianna
Birth Date: 09/12/1959
Birth Place: Kittery, ME
Home City: Wrentham, MA
Religion: Protestant

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 28, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 23)
Yea
Dec. 4, 2012 Treaty Doc. 112-7 The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty Ratification Failed - Senate
(61 - 38)
Yea
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 29)
Nay
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3245 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 41)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(86 - 13)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1125 Limits New Detention Rules to Prisoners Captured Outside the U.S. Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Nay
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1126 Prohibits Detention of U.S. Citizens Without Trial Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Nay
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1274 Authorizes Further Detention After Trial During Wartime Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 59)
Nay
Nov. 29, 2011 S Amdt 1107 Removes Provisions Requiring Military Custody of al-Qaeda Suspects Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 60)
Nay
Oct. 21, 2011 S Amdt 753 Prohibits the Use of Funds for Prosecution of Enemy Combatants in Civilian Courts Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Yea
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 23)
Yea
May 23, 2011 S 1038 PATRIOT Act Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(74 - 8)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 15, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 12)
Yea

Massachusetts Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 29, 2008 S 2807 Election Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 5)
Yea
June 14, 2007 S 2220 Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage Bill Failed - Senate
(5 - 34)
Yea
July 13, 2006 H 126 Unsigned Political Posters Veto Override Passed - Senate
(30 - 6)
Nay

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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