Issue Category

47 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/17/08 S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (88 - 8)
Did Not Vote
7/26/08 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (72 - 13)
Did Not Vote
7/10/08 PN 1641 Nomination of General Petraeus as Military Leader of the Middle East
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (95 - 2)
Did Not Vote
6/26/08 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (92 - 6)
Did Not Vote
5/22/08 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions
Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 22)
Did Not Vote
1/22/08 HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 3)
Yea
12/18/07 S Amdt 3875 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (24 - 71)
Yea
10/01/07 HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3)
Yea
9/27/07 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (67 - 29)
Yea
9/20/07 S Amdt 2934 Expressing Support for General Petraeus and All Members of the Armed Forces
Amendment Adopted - Senate (72 - 25)
Nay
9/20/07 S Amdt 2947 Expressing Support for All Men and Women in the U.S. Armed Forces
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 47)
Yea
9/19/07 S Amdt 2909 Time Between Troop Deployments
Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 44)
Yea
3/27/07 S Amdt 643 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 50)
Nay
3/15/07 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (48 - 50)
Yea
6/22/06 S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 0)
Yea
2/02/06 S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Yea
12/21/05 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 0)
Yea
12/21/05 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 44)
Nay
11/15/05 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 0)
Yea
11/15/05 S AMDT 2518 Iraq Progress Reports Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 19)
Nay
11/15/05 S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 58)
Yea
10/07/05 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0)
Yea
7/26/05 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 48)
Nay
5/10/05 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (100 - 0)
Yea
4/21/05 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005
Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 0)
Yea
3/10/05 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 25)
Nay
7/22/04 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 0)
Yea
6/23/04 S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0)
Yea
5/21/04 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners
Resolution Passed - Senate (92 - 0)
Yea
10/17/03 S 1689 Emergency Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan
Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
Nay
5/22/03 S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
10/16/02 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 1)
Yea
8/01/02 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003
Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 3)
Yea
7/18/02 HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3)
Yea
6/21/02 S Amdt 3927 Military Abortion Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 40)
Yea
12/13/01 S 1438 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 2)
Yea
12/07/01 S Amdt 2336 International Courts Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (78 - 21)
Nay
6/20/00 S Amdt 3252 Military Abortions Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 49)
Nay
9/22/99 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
6/30/99 S 1234 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2)
Yea
5/27/99 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3)
Yea
10/01/98 HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 2)
Yea
9/29/98 HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (94 - 2)
Yea
6/25/98 S Amdt 2794 Overseas Military Hospital Abortions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 49)
Yea
6/25/98 S Amdt 2981 Military Closure Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (48 - 45)
Nay
6/25/98 S Amdt 3011 Separate Housing Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (39 - 53)
Nay
11/06/97 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 10)
Yea
9/25/97 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
9/10/96 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (73 - 26)
Yea
6/19/96 S Amdt 4059 Overseas Abortion Amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (45 - 51)
Nay

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