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Joe Biden, Jr.'s Voting Records

Office: Vice President, Democratic President of the Senate

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 15, 2009 S 22 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 21)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 15, 2009 S J Res 5 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(42 - 52)
Nay
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Yea
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 2095 Amtrak Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 13)
Yea
Sept. 27, 2008 HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(78 - 12)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 17, 2008 S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(88 - 8)
Did Not Vote
July 31, 2008 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 3)
Yea
July 31, 2008 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(83 - 8)
Yea
July 26, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 13)
Yea
July 26, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 35)
Yea
July 16, 2008 HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Bill Passed - Senate
(80 - 16)
Yea
July 16, 2008 S Amdt 5077 Funding Amendment to AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(31 - 64)
Nay
July 15, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Veto Override Passed - Senate
(70 - 26)
Yea
July 15, 2008 S Amdt 5078 Limiting Countries for HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(70 - 24)
Yea
July 10, 2008 PN 1641 Nomination of General Petraeus as Military Leader of the Middle East Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(95 - 2)
Yea
July 9, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 28)
Nay
July 9, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Cloture Invoked - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
July 9, 2008 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(32 - 66)
Yea
June 26, 2008 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(92 - 6)
Yea
June 25, 2008 S Amdt 4983 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 16)
Yea
June 24, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Senate Co-sponsor
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(80 - 14)
Yea
June 17, 2008 HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 44)
Yea
June 10, 2008 S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 43)
Yea
June 6, 2008 S Amdt 4825 Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(48 - 36)
Did Not Vote
May 22, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(82 - 13)
Yea
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 22)
Yea
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4817 Iraq Provisions Including a Troop Withdrawal Amendment Rejected - Senate
(34 - 63)
Yea
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4818 Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan Amendment Adopted - Senate
(70 - 26)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 15)
Yea
May 7, 2008 S Amdt 4719 Optional Wind Damage Insurance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(19 - 74)
Did Not Vote
April 23, 2008 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
April 10, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 12)
Yea
April 10, 2008 S Amdt 4419 to S Amdt 4387 to HR 3221 Energy Tax Credits Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(88 - 8)
Yea
March 14, 2008 S Amdt 4233 Codifying the Definition of a Child Eligible for SCHIP Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
March 14, 2008 S Amdt 4299 Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the Legalization of Importing Certain Prescription Drugs Amendment Adopted - Senate
(73 - 23)
Yea
March 14, 2008 S Con Res 70 Concurrent Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 44)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4207 to S Con Res 70 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil Shale and Offshore Natural Gas Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4231 Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(61 - 37)
Nay
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4259 Immigration Enforcement and Employer Sanctions Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4309 to S Con Res 70 Restriction of Federal Assistance Based on Compliance with Federal Immigration Laws Amendment Tabled - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4329 to S Con Res 70 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil and Natural Gas in Coastal Areas Not Covered by a Moratorium Amendment Adopted - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium Motion Rejected - Senate
(29 - 71)
Nay
March 6, 2008 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 13)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2008 S 1200 Health Care for Indigenous Peoples Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 10)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2008 S Amdt 3896 Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 42)
Nay
Feb. 25, 2008 S Amdt 4070 Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership Amendment Adopted - Senate
(78 - 11)
Nay
Feb. 13, 2008 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 45)
Yea
Feb. 12, 2008 S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 29)
Nay

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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:

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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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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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