Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

61

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

61 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
3/16/06 S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
3/02/06 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 10)
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
12/16/05 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47)
Nay
10/07/05 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0)
Yea
9/14/05 S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
Yea
7/26/05 S AMDT 1351 Corporate Financing of Terrorism Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Yea
7/14/05 HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
7/14/05 S AMDT 1171 Detention Beds Increase Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 56)
Nay
7/14/05 S AMDT 1222 Disclosure of Classified Information Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Yea
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
3/17/05 S AMDT 220 Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 37)
Yea
10/06/04 S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 2)
Did Not Vote
6/23/04 S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0)
Did Not Vote
5/22/03 S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Did Not Vote
11/19/02 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security
Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9)
Yea
6/18/02 S 2600 Terrorism Insurance Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 14)
Did Not Vote
10/25/01 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
10/15/99 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
5/20/99 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
Nay
4/30/98 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 11)
Yea
9/25/97 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
6/19/97 S Amdt 416 Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
Yea
4/17/96 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 8)
Yea
3/28/96 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 44)
Nay
12/14/95 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations
Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 16)
Yea
6/07/95 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
Yea
6/06/95 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
Yea
3/16/94 HR 820 National Competitiveness Act of 1993
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 40)
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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