Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

39

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

39 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/15/10 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 39)
Yea
5/12/10 S Amdt 3955 Establishing New Mortgage Underwriting Requirements and Eliminating a Risk Retention Requirement
Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 57)
Nay
5/12/10 S Amdt 3962 Home Loan Regulation Modifications
Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 36)
Yea
5/11/10 S Amdt 3839 Termination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conservatorships
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
Nay
10/01/08 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 25)
Yea
7/26/08 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (72 - 13)
Yea
6/25/08 S Amdt 4983 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs
Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 16)
Yea
5/07/08 S Amdt 4719 Optional Wind Damage Insurance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (19 - 74)
Nay
4/10/08 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions
Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 12)
Yea
2/07/08 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan
Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 16)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (54 - 43)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Nay
10/20/05 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation
Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 1)
Yea
3/10/05 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 25)
Nay
11/08/01 HR 2620 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (87 - 7)
Yea
7/14/00 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 39)
Nay
7/13/00 S Amdt 3821 Estate Tax Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
10/15/99 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
10/13/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
Yea
10/08/98 HR 4194 FY 1999 VA-HUD Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
6/25/97 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 27)
Nay
9/17/96 S Amdt 5353 Federal Land Grazing Fee Amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
3/21/96 S 1459 Public Rangelands Management Act of 1996
Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 47)
Nay
12/06/95 HR 660 Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
9/27/94 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 9)
Yea
8/04/94 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development
Bill Passed - Senate (86 - 9)
Yea
4/13/94 S 21 California Desert Protection Act of 1994
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
Yea
9/22/93 HR 2491 Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 9)
Yea

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