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Key Votes

Barack Obama II's Voting Records on Issue: Government Budget and Spending

Full Name: Barack Hussein Obama II
Office: President, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Michelle; 2 Children: Malia, Sasha
Birth Date: 08/04/1961
Birth Place: Honolulu, HI
Home City: Chicago, IL
Religion: United Church of Christ

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Yea
March 14, 2008 S Con Res 70 Concurrent Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 44)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium Motion Rejected - Senate
(29 - 71)
Yea
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 16)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 18, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(76 - 17)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 7, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - Senate
(56 - 37)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 23, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - Senate
(75 - 19)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 16, 2007 HR 3093 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008 Bill Passed - Senate
(75 - 19)
Did Not Vote
May 24, 2007 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(80 - 14)
Nay
May 17, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 40)
Yea
March 23, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
June 15, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
May 4, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 21)
Yea
March 16, 2006 H J Res 47 Debt Limit Increase Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(52 - 48)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3103 Natural Resources and Environment Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 49)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
March 14, 2006 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2650 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 48)
Yea
Nov. 16, 2005 HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(94 - 5)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Oct. 20, 2005 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - Senate
(93 - 1)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2005 S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 52)
Yea
July 29, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(99 - 1)
Yea
July 29, 2005 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 4)
Yea
July 20, 2005 HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
July 19, 2005 S AMDT 1241 US Agency for International Development Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(59 - 40)
Nay
July 14, 2005 HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
July 1, 2005 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
June 29, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 0)
Yea
May 10, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(100 - 0)
Yea
April 28, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
April 21, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 0)
Yea
March 17, 2005 S Con Res 18 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 17, 2014 HR 3547 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 26, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 16, 2013 HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Signed - Executive
Sign
March 26, 2013 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 4, 2013 HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 29, 2013 HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 5, 2011 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 2, 2011 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Signed - Executive
Sign
April 15, 2011 HR 1473 2011 Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
April 9, 2011 HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
March 18, 2011 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
March 2, 2011 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 22, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
July 29, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 30, 2009 HJ Res 64 Continuing Appropriations Resolution Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
Dec. 28, 2009 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 16, 2009 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 30, 2009 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 21, 2009 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 1, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 7, 2009 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Signed - Executive
Sign
June 24, 2009 HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
March 11, 2009 HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 17, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Signed - Executive
Sign

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