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Scott Brown's Voting Records on Issue: Entitlements and the Safety Net

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2172 Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 58)
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2174 Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
June 13, 2012 S Amdt 2392 Reduces Funding for Food Stamps Amendment Tabled - Senate
(65 - 33)
April 25, 2012 S 1789 United States Postal Service Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 37)
Feb. 17, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 36)
Dec. 17, 2011 S Amdt 1465 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Amendment Adopted - Senate
(89 - 10)
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3985 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
July 21, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(59 - 39)
July 20, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 40)
April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 38)
March 10, 2010 HR 4213 Extending Unemployment Benefits and Certain Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
March 3, 2010 S Amdt 3353 Payment to Social Security Recipients Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 50)

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