Issue Category

64 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
2/06/12 HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (75 - 20)
Yea
11/17/11 HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (70 - 30)
Yea
11/03/11 S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million
Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 49)
Yea
11/03/11 S 1786 Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011
Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 53)
Nay
2/15/11 S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Nay
2/15/11 S Amdt 21 Reducing Federal Aviation Administration Appropriations
Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 47)
Yea
12/21/10 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (79 - 16)
Yea
8/05/10 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (61 - 39)
Yea
3/17/10 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill")
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (68 - 29)
Yea
2/24/10 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill")
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (70 - 28)
Yea
2/22/10 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill")
Cloture Invoked - Senate (62 - 30)
Yea
12/13/09 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (57 - 35)
Yea
8/06/09 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37)
Yea
10/01/08 HR 2095 Amtrak Reauthorization
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
12/13/07 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (86 - 8)
Yea
10/30/07 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization
Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 22)
Yea
10/25/07 S Amdt 3453 Amtrak Federal Subsidy Limits
Amendment Rejected - Senate (28 - 66)
Nay
9/10/07 S Amdt 2792 Bridge Repair Funding
Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 33)
Yea
7/26/07 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (85 - 8)
Yea
6/21/07 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 27)
Yea
3/13/07 S 4 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 38)
Yea
9/13/06 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55)
Yea
7/12/06 S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Yea
7/12/06 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Yea
10/20/05 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation
Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 1)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 4)
Yea
7/14/05 S Amdt 1189 Air Cargo Security Programs Implementation Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (45 - 53)
Yea
5/17/05 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 11)
Nay
4/28/05 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 47)
Nay
2/12/04 S 1072 Highway Trust Fund Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (76 - 21)
Nay
12/04/01 HR 2299 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (97 - 2)
Yea
9/21/01 S 1450 Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
10/04/99 HR 2084 Transportation Department FY2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 3)
Yea
5/22/98 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 5)
Yea
3/12/98 S Amdt 1676 Intermodal Transportation Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (96 - 4)
Nay
3/06/98 S Amdt 1708 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 37)
Yea
3/04/98 S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 32)
Yea
10/03/96 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 2)
Yea
11/17/95 S 440 National Highway System Designation Act of 1995
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 16)
Yea
6/21/95 S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
Yea
6/20/95 S Amdt 1427 Commercial Vehicle Speed Limit Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Yea
6/20/95 S Amdt 1437 Motorcycle Helmet Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Nay
9/29/94 HR 4556 Transportation FY95 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 11)
Yea
7/21/94 HR 4556 Transportation FY95 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 9)
Nay
10/06/93 HR 2750 Transportation Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9)
Nay

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