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
11/09/93 HR 2520 Interior Department Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 9)
Yea
11/09/93 S Amdt 1151 Improving Fingerprint Systems Amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (49 - 51)
Nay
11/08/93 S Amdt 1132 Prohibiting the Death Penalty for Minors
Amendment Tabled - Senate (52 - 41)
Nay
11/05/93 S Amdt 1117 Charging Teens as Adults for Crimes Involving a Firearm
Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 23)
Yea
10/27/93 HR 2445 Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994, Energy and Water Development
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 11)
Nay
10/21/93 HR 2519 Commerce, Justice and State Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 10)
Yea
10/21/93 S Amdt 1072 Restriction of Funding for Haiti Operations Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (19 - 81)
Nay
10/19/93 HR 2446 Military Construction Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (94 - 5)
Yea
10/18/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 15)
Yea
10/15/93 S Amdt 1043 Ending Military Operations in Somalia
Amendment Tabled - Senate (61 - 38)
Yea
10/06/93 HR 2750 Transportation Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9)
Yea
9/30/93 HR 2295 Foreign Operations FY94 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 11)
Yea
9/30/93 HR 2445 Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994, Energy and Water Development
Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 10)
Nay
9/29/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 17)
Yea
9/23/93 HR 2295 Foreign Operations FY94 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (88 - 10)
Yea
9/22/93 HR 2491 Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 9)
Yea
9/22/93 S Amdt 910 Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 47)
Nay
9/10/93 S Amdt 816 Postponement of Base Closures Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (18 - 79)
Nay
9/09/93 S Amdt 783 Homosexuals in the Military Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (33 - 63)
Yea
9/09/93 S Amdt 785 Ballistic Missile Defense Funding Reducation Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (50 - 48)
Yea
9/09/93 S Amdt 790 U.S. Policy Towards Somalia Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (90 - 7)
Yea
9/09/93 S Amdt 790 U.S. Policy Towards Somalia Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
9/08/93 HR 2010 National Service Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (57 - 40)
Yea
9/07/93 PN 452 M. Joycelyn Elders, United States Surgeon General
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (65 - 34)
Yea
8/06/93 HR 2264 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 50)
Yea
8/03/93 HR 2010 National Service Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (58 - 41)
Yea
8/03/93 HR 2403 Treasury, Postal Service Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 27)
Yea
8/03/93 PN 422 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (96 - 3)
Yea
7/29/93 HR 2519 Commerce, Justice and State Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 13)
Yea
7/27/93 HR 2492 District of Columbia Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 29)
Yea
7/23/93 HR 2348 Legislative Branch FY94 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 7)
Yea
7/22/93 S Amdt 608 National Service Educational Awards Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (55 - 44)
Yea
7/20/93 HR 20 Hatch Act Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31)
Yea
6/30/93 HR 1876 GATT Uruguay Round Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (76 - 16)
Yea
6/25/93 HR 2264 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993
Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
5/13/93 S 714 Resolution Trust Corporation Completion Act
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 35)
Yea
5/11/93 HR 2 Motor Voter Registration
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (62 - 36)
Yea
5/04/93 S 171 Department of the Environment Act
Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 15)
Yea
4/01/93 H Con Res 64 Fiscal 1994 Budget Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (55 - 45)
Yea
3/23/93 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access Bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/17/93 HR 2 Motor Voter Registration
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 37)
Yea
2/18/93 S Amdt 39 Prohibiting Immigrants with AIDS from entering the United States
Amendment Adopted - Senate (76 - 23)
Yea
2/04/93 HR 1 Family & Medical Leave Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (71 - 27)
Yea
2/04/93 S Amdt 19 Homosexual Discrimination in the Military Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (62 - 37)
Yea
2/04/93 S J Res 45 Authorization for Use of U.S. Armed Forces in Somalia
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/21/93 S 21 California Desert Protection Act of 1994
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/21/93 S 55 Striker Replacement
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/01/92 HR 5318 Conditional Extension of Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status to China
Veto Override Failed - Senate (59 - 40)
Yea
4/02/92 S Amdt 1757 Prohibiting Federal Funding of Human Sexual Behavior Surveys
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 46)
Nay
1/23/92 S 250 Expanding Voter Registration Opportunities
None - Senate
Co-sponsor

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