Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

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

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/08/11 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 9)
Yea
8/02/11 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (74 - 26)
Yea
7/31/11 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Reid Bill)
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
7/29/11 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill)
Bill Tabled - Senate (59 - 41)
Yea
7/22/11 HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011
Bill Tabled - Senate (51 - 46)
Did Not Vote
6/23/11 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Nay
6/21/11 S 782 Economic Development Revitalization Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 51)
Yea
6/14/11 S Amdt 436 Repeals the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (40 - 59)
Nay
6/09/11 S Amdt 390 Amending Small Business Regulations
Amendment Rejected - Senate (53 - 46)
Nay
6/08/11 S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions
Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 45)
Nay
5/26/11 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (72 - 23)
Yea
5/25/11 H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget
Motion Rejected - Senate (40 - 57)
Nay
5/25/11 S Con Res 21 2012 Budget
Motion Rejected - Senate (42 - 55)
Nay
5/23/11 S 1038 PATRIOT Act Extension
Cloture Invoked - Senate (74 - 8)
Yea
5/18/11 S 953 Offshore Production and Safety Act
Motion Rejected - Senate (42 - 57)
Nay
5/17/11 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws
Motion Rejected - Senate (52 - 48)
Yea
4/14/11 HR 1473 2011 Budget
Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 19)
Yea
4/05/11 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
Yea
3/17/11 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (87 - 13)
Yea
3/09/11 HR 1 Continuing Appropriations
Bill Failed - Senate (44 - 56)
Nay
3/09/11 S Amdt 149 Department of Defense funding and Continuing Appropriations
Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 58)
Yea
3/02/11 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (91 - 9)
Yea
3/02/11 S Amdt 115 Calling for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (58 - 40)
Nay
3/01/11 S Amdt 112 Prioritizing Payment of Public Debt
Amendment Tabled - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
2/15/11 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions
Bill Passed - Senate (86 - 12)
Did Not Vote
2/15/11 S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Did Not Vote
2/15/11 S Amdt 21 Reducing Federal Aviation Administration Appropriations
Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 47)
Did Not Vote
2/02/11 S Amdt 13 Repealing the Federal Health Care Law
Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Nay
2/02/11 S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Bill
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
Yea
2/02/11 S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Motion Agreed - Senate (81 - 17)
Yea
12/22/10 Treaty Doc. 111-5 Treaty with Russia to Reduce and Limit Offensive Arms
Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate (71 - 26)
Yea
12/21/10 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (79 - 16)
Yea
12/18/10 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 31)
Yea
12/15/10 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (81 - 19)
Yea
12/09/10 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 42)
Yea
12/08/10 S 3985 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45)
Yea
12/08/10 S 3991 Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 43)
Yea
12/04/10 S Amdt 4727 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 36)
Yea
12/04/10 S Amdt 4728 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $1 Million
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 37)
Yea
12/02/10 S Amdt 4727 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
11/30/10 S 510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 25)
Yea
11/30/10 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks
Motion Rejected - Senate (39 - 56)
Nay
11/17/10 S 3772 Paycheck Fairness Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 41)
Yea
9/29/10 HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
Yea
9/29/10 S Amdt 4676 Reducing "Continuing Appropriation" Amounts by 5 Percent
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Nay
9/29/10 S J Res 39 Disapproving Rule for "Grandfathered Health Plans"
Motion Rejected - Senate (40 - 59)
Nay
9/28/10 S 3816 Tax Law Amendments
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45)
Yea
9/23/10 S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (59 - 39)
Yea
9/21/10 S 3454 2010-2011 Defense Authorizations
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 43)
Yea
9/16/10 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 38)
Yea

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