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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 29, 2013 S J Res 26 A Joint Resolution Relating to the Disapproval of the President's Exercise of Authority to Suspend the Debt Limit, as Submitted Under Section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 on October 17, 2013 Motion Rejected - Senate
(45 - 54)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Invoked - Senate
(71 - 27)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
Feb. 14, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2012 S Amdt 1491 Requires Disclosure of Financial Transactions by Executive Branch Employees Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 41)
Nay
Jan. 26, 2012 H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
June 23, 2011 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4072 Inspector General Appointment Modification Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 21)
Yea
Aug. 6, 2009 PN 506-111 Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Yea
March 20, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 2)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2005 PN 8 Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(85 - 13)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2002 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Bill Passed - Senate
(90 - 9)
Yea
Feb. 1, 2001 PN 107 John Ashcroft, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 42)
Nay
Jan. 30, 2001 PN 96 Gale Ann Norton, Secretary of the Interior Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(75 - 24)
Yea
Sept. 14, 1999 S J Res 33 Puerto Rican Nationals resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(95 - 2)
Yea
Aug. 5, 1999 PN 100 Richard Holbrooke, Representative to the United Nations Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(81 - 16)
Yea
Feb. 12, 1999 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article Two Resolution Failed - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
Feb. 12, 1999 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article Two Resolution Failed - Senate
(45 - 55)
Nay
June 25, 1998 S Amdt 2981 Military Closure Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(48 - 45)
Nay
June 24, 1998 S Amdt 2912 Bosnia and Herzegovina Withdrawal Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(65 - 31)
Yea
Feb. 25, 1998 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Veto Override Passed - Senate
(78 - 20)
Nay
Feb. 10, 1998 PN 623 David Satcher, Surgeon General of the Public Health Service Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 35)
Yea
April 30, 1997 PN 82 Alexis M. Herman, Secretary of Labor Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(85 - 13)
Yea
May 22, 1996 H Amdt 1075 Disclosure of Intelligence Spending Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 248)
Yea
May 9, 1996 HR 956 Product Liability bill Veto Override Failed - House
(258 - 163)
Nay
March 29, 1996 HR 956 Product Liability bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(259 - 158)
Nay
Nov. 15, 1995 HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House
(374 - 52)
Yea
July 19, 1995 HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House
(216 - 211)
Nay
Feb. 6, 1995 HR 2 Line Item Veto Act Bill Passed - House
(294 - 134)
Yea
June 9, 1994 H Amdt 611 Lifting Arms Embargo on Bosnia Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(244 - 178)
Nay
Feb. 10, 1994 H Amdt 436 Bryant Amendment to Independent Counsel Reauthorization Act of 1993 Amendment Adopted - House
(230 - 188)
Yea
Sept. 30, 1992 HR 5318 Conditional Extension of Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status to China Veto Override Passed - House
(345 - 74)
Nay
July 21, 1992 HR 5318 Conditional Extension of Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status to China Bill Passed - House
(339 - 62)
Nay

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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