Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

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

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
8/11/94 HR 4650 Defense FY95 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (86 - 14)
Yea
8/10/94 HR 4426 Foreign Operations FY95 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 12)
Yea
8/10/94 HR 4453 Military Construction FY95 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (95 - 5)
Yea
8/10/94 HR 4606 Appropriations Bill FY95, Labor, HHS, Education
Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 13)
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
8/03/94 S Amdt 2446 Ethanol Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 50)
Nay
7/29/94 PN 1399 Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (87 - 9)
Yea
7/27/94 S Amdt 2416 Voluntary Prayer Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 53)
Nay
7/27/94 S Amdt 2417 Demonstration Program Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 53)
Nay
7/25/94 S Amdt 2396 Prohibition of Funds to National Endowments for the Arts for Certain Projects
Amendment Tabled - Senate (49 - 42)
Yea
7/21/94 HR 4556 Transportation FY95 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 9)
Yea
7/21/94 HR 4649 District of Columbia FY95 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 32)
Yea
7/20/94 HR 4554 Agriculture FY95 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 8)
Yea
7/20/94 S Amdt 2320 Department of Agriculture Homosexual Policy Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 41)
Nay
7/15/94 HR 4426 Foreign Operations FY95 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 9)
Yea
7/15/94 HR 4453 Military Construction FY95 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 2)
Yea
7/14/94 S Amdt 2245 Military Operations in Haiti Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (57 - 42)
Yea
7/12/94 S 55 Striker Replacement
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 47)
Yea
7/01/94 HR 4454 Legislative Branch FY95 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (73 - 27)
Yea
7/01/94 S Amdt 1851 Bosnia Arms Embargo Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
7/01/94 S Amdt 2142 B-2 Bomber Funding
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55)
Yea
6/30/94 HR 4506 Appropriations Bill FY95, Energy and Water Development
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
Nay
6/30/94 S Amdt 2127 Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor Termination Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (52 - 46)
Nay
6/30/94 S Amdt 2127 Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor Termination Amendment
None - Senate
Sponsor
6/29/94 S 687 Product Liability Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 41)
Nay
6/29/94 S Amdt 2117 Military Operations in Haiti Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (34 - 65)
Nay
6/22/94 HR 4539 Treasury, Postal Service Appropriations Bill FY95
Bill Passed - Senate (72 - 27)
Yea
5/25/94 PN 898 Sam W. Brown, Jr., Ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Yea
5/12/94 H Con Res 218 Budget Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (53 - 46)
Nay
5/12/94 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (69 - 30)
Yea
5/12/94 S Amdt 1695 Bosnia Arms Embargo Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (50 - 49)
Nay
5/12/94 S Amdt 1696 Bosnia-Herzegovina Policy Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
4/19/94 PN 1210 Adm. Frank B. Kelso II, Retiring
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (54 - 43)
Nay
4/13/94 S 21 California Desert Protection Act of 1994
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
Yea
3/26/94 HR 1804 Goals 2000: Educate America Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (63 - 22)
Yea
3/25/94 H Con Res 218 Budget Resolution
Resolution Passed - Senate (57 - 40)
Yea
3/16/94 HR 820 National Competitiveness Act of 1993
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 40)
Yea
3/01/94 S J Res 41 Balanced Budget amendment
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (63 - 37)
Nay
2/10/94 HR 3759 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1994
Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 10)
Yea
2/08/94 S Amdt 1390 Contraceptives Distribution Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (34 - 59)
Nay
2/02/94 HR 2333 State Department FY94-95 Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 8)
Yea
1/27/94 S Amdt 1263 Vietnam Trade Embargo
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 38)
Yea
1/26/94 S Amdt 1263 Vietnam Trade Embargo
None - Senate
Sponsor
11/20/93 HR 1025 Brady Handgun Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 36)
Yea
11/20/93 HR 3450 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 38)
Yea
11/20/93 S 714 Resolution Trust Corporation Completion Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 45)
Nay
11/17/93 HR 2401 Defense FY94 Authorization Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (77 - 22)
Yea
11/17/93 S Amdt 1152 Prohibiting the Possession of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons
Amendment Adopted - Senate (56 - 43)
Yea
11/17/93 S Amdt 1204 Replacing the Death Penalty with Life Imprisonment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (25 - 74)
Yea
11/10/93 HR 3116 Defense Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 9)
Yea

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