Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

16

Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic
Issue Category

16 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
1/31/13 HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34)
Did Not Vote
9/22/12 H J Res 117 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (62 - 30)
Yea
2/02/12 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3)
Yea
2/02/12 S Amdt 1472 Prohibits Consideration of Bills Containing Earmarks
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59)
Nay
1/26/12 H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
Nay
6/23/11 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Nay
11/30/10 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks
Motion Rejected - Senate (39 - 56)
Nay
1/26/10 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission
Amendment Rejected - Senate (53 - 46)
Yea
9/30/09 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (62 - 38)
Yea
2/26/09 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37)
Yea
3/13/08 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium
Motion Rejected - Senate (29 - 71)
Nay
9/18/07 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 42)
Yea
8/02/07 S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (83 - 14)
Yea
10/18/05 S AMDT 2062 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (92 - 6)
Yea
9/15/05 S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (43 - 52)
Yea
9/14/05 S Amdt 1670 Special Committee on Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 4)
Yea
9/21/04 HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 2)
Did Not Vote
10/23/03 S Amdt 1904 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (60 - 34)
Did Not Vote
7/11/03 HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill
Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 7)
Did Not Vote
7/25/02 HR 5121 Legislative Branch Appropriation, FY2003
Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 14)
Yea
6/16/99 HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000
Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 4)
Yea
7/21/98 HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9)
Yea
6/25/98 S Amdt 2981 Military Closure Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (48 - 45)
Nay
4/23/96 S J Res 21 Term Limits bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 42)
Nay
1/05/95 S Amdt 1 Filibuster Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (76 - 19)
Nay
7/01/94 HR 4454 Legislative Branch FY95 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (73 - 27)
Yea
7/23/93 HR 2348 Legislative Branch FY94 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 7)
Yea

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