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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 21, 2013 S 1197 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 44)
Nay
Nov. 19, 2013 S Amdt 2175 Authorizes the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to the United States Amendment Rejected - Senate
(52 - 46)
Nay
Nov. 19, 2013 S Amdt 2255 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Yea
June 18, 2013 S Amdt 1197 Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border Amendment Rejected - Senate
(39 - 54)
Yea
March 7, 2013 PN 48 Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 34)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 28, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 23)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 14)
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
Nov. 14, 2012 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
Aug. 2, 2012 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 46)
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
Sept. 26, 2011 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(79 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2011 S Amdt 655 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Amendment Tabled - Senate
(59 - 36)
Nay
Sept. 15, 2011 S Amdt 602 Emergency Disaster Relief Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 37)
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
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
May 27, 2010 S Amdt 4214 National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 46)
Yea
Oct. 20, 2009 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Yea
July 8, 2009 S Amdt 1399 Requiring Completion of Reinforced Border Fencing Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Yea
July 9, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 28)
Yea
July 9, 2008 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(32 - 66)
Nay
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4231 Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(61 - 37)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2008 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 45)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2008 S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 29)
Yea
Feb. 12, 2008 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(31 - 67)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2008 S Amdt 3910 FISA as Exclusive Means for Conducting Electronic Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(57 - 41)
Nay
Dec. 18, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(76 - 17)
Yea
Sept. 19, 2007 S Amdt 2022 Habeas Corpus for Detainees of the United States Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 43)
Nay
Aug. 3, 2007 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 28)
Yea
July 26, 2007 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(85 - 8)
Yea
July 26, 2007 HR 2638 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 4)
Yea
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(50 - 44)
Nay
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2480 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(89 - 1)
Yea
July 19, 2007 S Amdt 2351 Sense of the Senate on Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Adopted - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
March 13, 2007 S 4 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 38)
Nay
Sept. 29, 2006 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(80 - 19)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Nay
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(41 - 57)
Nay
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
Aug. 2, 2006 S AMDT 4775 Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
July 13, 2006 S Amdt 4659 Double-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(29 - 71)
Yea
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(87 - 11)
Yea

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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