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John Kerry's Voting Records on Issue: Defense

Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 15, 2007 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(48 - 50)
Yea
Dec. 6, 2006 PN 2191 Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(95 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Yea
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(41 - 57)
Yea
Sept. 7, 2006 S Amdt 4909 Media in the Middle East Amendment Bill Tabled - Senate
(51 - 44)
Nay
Sept. 6, 2006 S AMDT 4882 Cluster Munitions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(30 - 70)
Yea
June 22, 2006 S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 0)
Yea
June 22, 2006 S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(13 - 86)
Yea
June 15, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
May 4, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 21)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 31)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 0)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 44)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2005 S Con Res 74 Removal of ANWR Provision from HR 2863 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(48 - 45)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2518 Iraq Progress Reports Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 58)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2523 Judicial Review of Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2524 Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 S AMDT 2476 Investigating Contracts in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 S Amdt 2516 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 42)
Nay
Nov. 8, 2005 S AMDT 2430 National Commission on Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Yea
Oct. 7, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2005 S Amdt 1670 Special Committee on Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
July 26, 2005 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
May 10, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(100 - 0)
Yea
April 28, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
April 21, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 0)
Yea
April 18, 2005 S AMDT 464 Future Military Funding for Iraq Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(61 - 31)
Did Not Vote
March 17, 2005 S Con Res 18 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
July 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 0)
Did Not Vote
June 23, 2004 S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 12, 2003 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(95 - 3)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 17, 2003 S 1689 Emergency Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Nay
May 22, 2003 S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 16, 2002 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 1)
Yea
Oct. 11, 2002 H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(77 - 23)
Yea
Aug. 1, 2002 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - Senate
(95 - 3)
Yea
July 24, 2002 HR 4775 Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 7)
Yea
July 18, 2002 HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2001 S 1438 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2001 S J Res 23 Military Force Authorization Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
May 18, 2000 S Amdt 3154 Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 47)
Yea
Oct. 13, 1999 Treaty Doc. 105-28 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Sept. 22, 1999 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea

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