Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

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Biographical

Full Name: John Forbes Kerry
Current Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic
First Appointed: 01/29/2013
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Teresa Heinz; 2 Children: Alexandra, Vanessa; 3 Stepchildren: John, Andre, Christopher
Birth Date: 12/11/1943
Birth Place: Aurora, CO
Home City: Boston, MA
Religion: Roman Catholic
Issue Category

53 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
12/14/11 S J Res 24 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Udall Bill)
Amendment Rejected - Senate (21 - 79)
Nay
12/08/10 S 3985 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45)
Yea
3/03/10 S Amdt 3353 Payment to Social Security Recipients
Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 50)
Yea
10/21/09 S 1776 Eliminating Adjustments to Medicare Rates of Payment
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (47 - 53)
Yea
7/15/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Veto Override Passed - Senate (70 - 26)
Yea
7/09/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Cloture Invoked - Senate (69 - 30)
Yea
11/07/07 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 37)
Yea
10/23/07 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Bill Passed - Senate (75 - 19)
Yea
5/17/07 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 40)
Yea
3/23/07 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
3/16/06 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
2/02/06 S AMDT 2730 Medicare Part D Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (52 - 45)
Yea
11/17/05 S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 47)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 48)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2381 Prescription Drug Plan Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
Yea
3/17/05 S AMDT 229 Medicaid Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51)
Nay
5/23/03 HR 2 Jobs and Economic Growth bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 50)
Nay
6/29/00 S Amdt 3689 Social Security and Medicare Surplus Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 43)
Nay
6/22/00 S Amdt 3598 Outpatient Prescription Drugs Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Yea
4/01/98 S Amdt 2169 Medicare Choices Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 47)
Did Not Vote
4/01/98 S Amdt 2209 Personal Retirement Accounts Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
6/25/97 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 27)
Nay
6/25/97 S Amdt 468 Private Contracts Amendment
Motion Agreed - Senate (64 - 35)
Nay
8/02/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
Yea
7/09/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
12/06/95 HR 660 Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
10/18/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 15)
Yea
9/29/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 17)
Yea
9/08/93 HR 2010 National Service Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (57 - 40)
Yea
8/03/93 HR 2010 National Service Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (58 - 41)
Yea

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