Issue Category

20 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
11/28/12 S Amdt 2955 Expands the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
Amendment Adopted - Senate (85 - 11)
Nay
4/26/12 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31)
Nay
2/02/12 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3)
Yea
12/08/10 S 3991 Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 43)
Nay
3/13/08 S Amdt 4309 to S Con Res 70 Restriction of Federal Assistance Based on Compliance with Federal Immigration Laws
Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 40)
Nay
11/08/07 PN 958 Michael B. Mukasey, Attorney General
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (53 - 40)
Yea
10/16/07 HR 3093 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008
Bill Passed - Senate (75 - 19)
Yea
6/28/07 S 1639 Second Immigration Act of 2007
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
6/11/07 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 38)
Nay
6/06/07 S Amdt 1184 Denying Legal Status for Immigrants Convicted of Certain Crimes
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 51)
Nay
6/06/07 S Amdt 1250 Law Enforcement Review of Z Visa Applications
Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 39)
Yea
6/06/07 S Amdt 1333 Barring Immigrants with Certain Criminal Histories
Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 32)
Yea
3/20/07 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 2)
Yea
11/16/05 HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (94 - 5)
Yea
3/08/05 S AMDT 47 Violent Protestor Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Nay
4/22/04 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
3/25/04 HR 1997 Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 38)
Yea
6/11/02 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 43)
Nay
6/20/00 S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 42)
Nay
2/02/00 S Amdt 2763 Violent Protesters Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (80 - 17)
Nay
5/20/99 S 254 Juvenile Crime bill
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 25)
Yea
8/21/94 HR 3355 Omnibus Crime Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (235 - 195)
Yea
5/05/94 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (241 - 174)
Nay
4/21/94 HR 4092 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994
Bill Passed - House (285 - 141)
Nay
11/19/93 HR 3351 Youth Offenders Alternative Punishment
Bill Passed - House (336 - 82)
Nay

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