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Key Votes

Niki Tsongas' Voting Records on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Nicola 'Niki' S. Tsongas
Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 10/16/2007
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Potential, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Widowed; 3 Children: Ashley, Katina, Molly
Birth Date: 04/26/1946
Birth Place: Chico, CA
Home City: Lowell, MA

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 12, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(301 - 118)
Nay
May 18, 2012 H Amdt 1127 Repeals Indefinite Military Detention Provisions Amendment Rejected - House
(182 - 238)
Yea
Dec. 14, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House
(283 - 136)
Yea
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(250 - 153)
Yea
Feb. 17, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(279 - 143)
Yea
Feb. 14, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - House
(275 - 144)
Yea
Feb. 8, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Failed - House
(277 - 148)
Yea
June 20, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - House
(293 - 129)
Nay
March 14, 2008 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(213 - 197)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2007 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act Bill Passed - House
(227 - 189)
Yea

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Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  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
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

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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