Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

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

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/19/07 S Amdt 2351 Sense of the Senate on Guantanamo Bay Detainees
Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
7/18/07 S Amdt 2087 Iraq Troop Reduction
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
7/11/07 S Amdt 2087 Iraq Troop Reduction
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
6/28/07 S 1639 Second Immigration Act of 2007
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
6/26/07 HR 800 Union Organization Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 48)
Yea
6/21/07 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 27)
Yea
6/21/07 S Amdt 1704 Alternative Energy Subsidies
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 36)
Yea
6/19/07 S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007)
Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 23)
Yea
6/14/07 S Amdt 1538 Clean Energy Achievement Criteria
Amendment Tabled - Senate (56 - 39)
Yea
6/14/07 S Amdt 1566 Offshore Drilling in Virginia
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 44)
Nay
6/11/07 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 38)
Yea
6/07/07 S 1348 Immigration Act of 2007
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (34 - 61)
Did Not Vote
6/06/07 S Amdt 1151 Declaring English the National Language
Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 33)
Nay
6/06/07 S Amdt 1184 Denying Legal Status for Immigrants Convicted of Certain Crimes
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 51)
Nay
6/06/07 S Amdt 1202 Point Based Immigration Expiration Date
Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 55)
Yea
6/06/07 S Amdt 1250 Law Enforcement Review of Z Visa Applications
Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 39)
Did Not Vote
6/06/07 S Amdt 1316 Five Year Expiration for Guest Worker Program
Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 48)
Nay
6/06/07 S Amdt 1333 Barring Immigrants with Certain Criminal Histories
Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 32)
Yea
6/06/07 S Amdt 1384 English as the Common Language
Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 39)
Yea
5/24/07 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (80 - 14)
Nay
5/24/07 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
5/23/07 S Amdt 1169 Guest Worker Number Reduction Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
5/17/07 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 40)
Yea
5/07/07 S Amdt 1010 FDA Drug Import Certification Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 40)
Yea
5/01/07 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/26/07 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 46)
Yea
4/24/07 S 1200 Health Care for Indigenous Peoples
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/11/07 S 30 Stem Cell Research Hope Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 28)
Yea
4/11/07 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 34)
Yea
3/29/07 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline
Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 47)
Yea
3/27/07 S Amdt 643 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 50)
Nay
3/23/07 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
3/20/07 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 2)
Yea
3/15/07 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (48 - 50)
Yea
3/13/07 S 4 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 38)
Yea
3/08/07 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/16/07 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/09/07 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
1/04/07 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
12/07/06 PN 1396 Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (80 - 11)
Yea
12/06/06 PN 2191 Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (95 - 2)
Yea
9/29/06 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (80 - 19)
Nay
9/28/06 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Nay
9/28/06 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
9/28/06 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
9/28/06 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 52)
Yea
9/19/06 HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 32)
Yea
9/13/06 S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 57)
Yea
9/13/06 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55)
Yea
9/07/06 S Amdt 4909 Media in the Middle East Amendment
Bill Tabled - Senate (51 - 44)
Nay

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