Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

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

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
3/31/98 S Amdt 2168 Tobacco Immunity Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 19)
Yea
3/13/98 S Con Res 78 Saddam Hussein War Crime Prosecution bill
Resolution Passed - Senate (93 - 0)
Yea
3/12/98 S Amdt 1676 Intermodal Transportation Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (96 - 4)
Yea
3/06/98 S Amdt 1708 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 37)
Yea
3/04/98 S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 32)
Yea
3/03/98 S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/02/98 S Con Res 78 Saddam Hussein War Crime Prosecution bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/26/98 S Amdt 1646 Campaign Finance Reform Amendment
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 48)
Yea
2/25/98 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill
Veto Override Passed - Senate (78 - 20)
Yea
2/11/98 S 1601 Human Cloning Research bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (42 - 54)
Nay
2/10/98 PN 623 David Satcher, Surgeon General of the Public Health Service
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 35)
Yea
11/08/97 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 4)
Yea
11/06/97 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 10)
Yea
10/28/97 HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (84 - 14)
Yea
10/07/97 S 1260 Securities Litigation
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/01/97 HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (55 - 45)
Yea
9/25/97 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
9/24/97 S 830 Prescription Drug bill
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 2)
Yea
9/11/97 S Amdt 1122 Education Funding Amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (49 - 51)
Yea
9/04/97 S Amdt 1077 Fetal Tissue Research Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 60)
Nay
7/31/97 HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 8)
Yea
7/31/97 HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (85 - 15)
Yea
7/22/97 S Amdt 936 Abortion Funding Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 45)
Nay
7/17/97 S Amdt 890 Most Favored Nation Repeal Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (22 - 77)
Nay
7/10/97 S Amdt 593 Abortions at Overseas Military Facilities
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
7/09/97 S Amdt 771 Base Closure Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 33)
Nay
6/26/97 S Amdt 527 Family Tax Relief Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 61)
Yea
6/26/97 S Amdt 527 Family Tax Relief Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
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
6/19/97 S Amdt 416 Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
Yea
6/12/97 HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 21)
Yea
6/05/97 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
Nay
6/05/97 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (67 - 31)
Yea
5/23/97 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000
Resolution Passed - Senate (78 - 22)
Nay
5/23/97 S Amdt 357 Violent Crime Victims Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
5/22/97 S Amdt 301 Budget Deficit Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
5/20/97 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill
Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 36)
Nay
4/30/97 PN 82 Alexis M. Herman, Secretary of Labor
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (85 - 13)
Yea
4/24/97 S Res 75 Chemical Weapons Convention bill
Resolution Passed - Senate (74 - 26)
Yea
4/17/97 S 495 Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act
Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 44)
Nay
4/16/97 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 0)
Yea
4/15/97 S 104 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Nay
4/15/97 S Amdt 31 Yucca Mountain Alternate Sites amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 39)
Nay
3/20/97 S Amdt 25 U.S.- Mexico Drug Trafficking Prevention Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 5)
Yea
3/20/97 S Amdt 25 U.S.- Mexico Drug Trafficking Prevention Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/13/97 S 442 Internet Tax Freedom bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/04/97 S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (66 - 34)
Nay
10/03/96 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 2)
Yea
9/26/96 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban
Veto Override Failed - Senate (58 - 40)
Nay

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