Issue Category

41 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
12/28/12 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 23)
Yea
11/14/12 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 47)
Yea
8/02/12 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 46)
Yea
6/21/12 S Amdt 2372 Prohibits the EPA from Conducting Aerial Surveillance of Agricultural Operations
Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 43)
Nay
11/10/11 S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry
Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Nay
7/09/08 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 28)
Yea
7/09/08 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill
Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 66)
Nay
2/12/08 S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 29)
Yea
2/12/08 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (31 - 67)
Nay
2/12/08 S Amdt 3910 FISA as Exclusive Means for Conducting Electronic Surveillance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (57 - 41)
Yea
8/03/07 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 28)
Nay
9/07/06 S Amdt 4909 Media in the Middle East Amendment
Bill Tabled - Senate (51 - 44)
Nay
4/29/04 S 150 Internet Access Tax Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 3)
Yea
9/16/03 S J Res 17 FCC Media Ownership bill
Bill Passed - Senate (55 - 40)
Yea
10/16/02 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 2)
Yea
10/25/01 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
10/08/98 S 442 Internet Tax Freedom bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 2)
Yea
7/23/98 S Amdt 3266 Internet Gambling Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (90 - 10)
Yea
7/22/98 S Amdt 3263 Phone Recording Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Yea
2/26/98 S Amdt 1646 Campaign Finance Reform Amendment
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 48)
Yea
2/01/96 S 652 Telecommunications Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 5)
Yea
6/15/95 S 652 Telecommunications Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 18)
Yea
6/06/95 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
Yea
3/16/94 HR 820 National Competitiveness Act of 1993
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 40)
Yea

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