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Jon Tester's Voting Records on Issue: Legal

Office: U.S. Senate (MT) - Sr, Democratic

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 26, 2012 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1125 Limits New Detention Rules to Prisoners Captured Outside the U.S. Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1126 Prohibits Detention of U.S. Citizens Without Trial Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1274 Authorizes Further Detention After Trial During Wartime Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 59)
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)
Nay
Sept. 8, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 9)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2010 S 3772 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
Oct. 6, 2009 S Amdt 2588 Prohibiting Federal Funding of Mandatory Arbitration Contracts Amendment Adopted - Senate
(68 - 30)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2007 PN 958 Michael B. Mukasey, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(53 - 40)
Nay
June 11, 2007 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 38)
Yea
March 20, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 2)
Yea

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