Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

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

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/27/08 HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (78 - 12)
Yea
9/17/08 S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (88 - 8)
Yea
7/31/08 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 3)
Yea
7/31/08 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (83 - 8)
Yea
7/26/08 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (72 - 13)
Yea
7/26/08 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 35)
Yea
7/16/08 HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis
Bill Passed - Senate (80 - 16)
Yea
7/16/08 S Amdt 5077 Funding Amendment to AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Bill
Amendment Rejected - Senate (31 - 64)
Nay
7/15/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Veto Override Passed - Senate (70 - 26)
Yea
7/15/08 S Amdt 5078 Limiting Countries for HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Funding
Amendment Tabled - Senate (70 - 24)
Yea
7/10/08 PN 1641 Nomination of General Petraeus as Military Leader of the Middle East
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (95 - 2)
Yea
7/09/08 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 28)
Nay
7/09/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Cloture Invoked - Senate (69 - 30)
Yea
7/09/08 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill
Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 66)
Yea
7/08/08 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
6/26/08 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (92 - 6)
Yea
6/25/08 S Amdt 4983 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs
Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 16)
Yea
6/24/08 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
6/18/08 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - Senate (80 - 14)
Yea
6/17/08 HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 44)
Yea
6/10/08 S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 43)
Yea
6/06/08 S Amdt 4825 Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (48 - 36)
Yea
6/04/08 S Amdt 4825 Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
5/22/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - Senate (82 - 13)
Yea
5/22/08 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions
Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 22)
Yea
5/22/08 S Amdt 4817 Iraq Provisions Including a Troop Withdrawal
Amendment Rejected - Senate (34 - 63)
Nay
5/22/08 S Amdt 4818 Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 26)
Nay
5/15/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 15)
Yea
5/07/08 S Amdt 4719 Optional Wind Damage Insurance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (19 - 74)
Nay
4/23/08 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Yea
4/10/08 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions
Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 12)
Yea
4/10/08 S Amdt 4419 to S Amdt 4387 Energy Tax Credits Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (88 - 8)
Yea
3/14/08 S Amdt 4233 Codifying the Definition of a Child Eligible for SCHIP
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Nay
3/14/08 S Amdt 4299 Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the Legalization of Importing Certain Prescription Drugs
Amendment Adopted - Senate (73 - 23)
Yea
3/14/08 S Con Res 70 Concurrent Budget Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 44)
Yea
3/13/08 S Amdt 4207 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil Shale and Offshore Natural Gas
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Nay
3/13/08 S Amdt 4231 Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 37)
Nay
3/13/08 S Amdt 4259 Immigration Enforcement and Employer Sanctions Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 45)
Yea
3/13/08 S Amdt 4309 Restriction of Federal Assistance Based on Compliance with Federal Immigration Laws
Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 40)
Yea
3/13/08 S Amdt 4329 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil and Natural Gas in Coastal Areas Not Covered by a Moratorium
Amendment Adopted - Senate (56 - 43)
Yea
3/13/08 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium
Motion Rejected - Senate (29 - 71)
Nay
3/06/08 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 13)
Yea
2/26/08 S 1200 Health Care for Indigenous Peoples
Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 10)
Yea
2/26/08 S Amdt 3896 Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 42)
Nay
2/25/08 S Amdt 4070 Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership
Amendment Adopted - Senate (78 - 11)
Yea
2/13/08 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 45)
Yea
2/12/08 S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 29)
Nay
2/12/08 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (31 - 67)
Yea
2/12/08 S Amdt 3910 FISA as Exclusive Means for Conducting Electronic Surveillance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (57 - 41)
Yea
2/07/08 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan
Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 16)
Yea

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