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Key Votes

John Kerry's Selected Sponsorships

Full Name: John Forbes Kerry
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

Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 2985 Repeals the Limit on the Use of Funds to Procure Alternative Fuel Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 3058 Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism Senate Co-sponsor
July 10, 2012 S 3369 DISCLOSE Act Senate Co-sponsor
June 20, 2012 S Amdt 2454 Prohibits Food Aid to North Korea Unless Waived by President Senate Sponsor
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2156 Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Senate Co-sponsor
May 22, 2012 S 3220 Paycheck Fairness Act Senate Co-sponsor
March 15, 2012 S Amdt 1836 Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 30, 2011 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 31, 2011 S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million Senate Co-sponsor
Dec. 2, 2010 S Amdt 4727 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000 Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 13, 2010 S 3772 Paycheck Fairness Act Senate Co-sponsor
June 9, 2010 S Amdt 4326 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Senate Co-sponsor
May 12, 2010 S Amdt 3962 Home Loan Regulation Modifications Senate Co-sponsor
March 3, 2010 S Amdt 3353 Payment to Social Security Recipients Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 30, 2009 S Amdt 2791 Preventive Services Coverage Requirements Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 1, 2009 S Amdt 2588 Prohibiting Federal Funding of Mandatory Arbitration Contracts Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 8, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Senate Co-sponsor
July 8, 2008 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Senate Co-sponsor
June 24, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Senate Co-sponsor
June 4, 2008 S Amdt 4825 Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 5, 2008 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance Senate Co-sponsor
Dec. 18, 2007 S Amdt 3875 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 21, 2007 S Amdt 2997 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Federalism in Iraq Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 19, 2007 S Amdt 2909 Time Between Troop Deployments Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 17, 2007 S Amdt 2022 Habeas Corpus for Detainees of the United States Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 10, 2007 S Amdt 2792 Bridge Repair Funding Senate Co-sponsor
July 11, 2007 S Amdt 2087 Iraq Troop Reduction Senate Co-sponsor
May 24, 2007 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote Senate Co-sponsor
May 1, 2007 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor
April 24, 2007 S 1200 Health Care for Indigenous Peoples Senate Co-sponsor
March 8, 2007 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 16, 2007 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 9, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 4, 2007 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 Senate Co-sponsor
July 25, 2006 S AMDT 4689 Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
June 21, 2006 S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment Senate Sponsor
June 19, 2006 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 22, 2006 S AMDT 4087 Orange Card Program Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 14, 2006 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2735 Tax Rate Extension Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2610 Tax Rate Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2616 Earned Income Tax Credit Amendment Senate Sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2626 Temporary Tax on Crude Oil Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 10, 2005 S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 2, 2005 S AMDT 2358 ANWR Amendment Senate Co-sponsor

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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