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Barack Obama II's Voting Records on Issue: Legal

Office: President, Democratic

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 8, 2007 PN 958 Michael B. Mukasey, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(53 - 40)
Did Not Vote
June 11, 2007 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 38)
Did Not Vote
March 20, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 0)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 44)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2005 S Amdt 2523 Judicial Review of Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S Amdt 2524 Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 S Amdt 2516 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 42)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S Amdt 2400 Alaska Judicial Review of Oil Revenue Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S Amdt 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Yea
Oct. 7, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
March 8, 2005 S Amdt 47 Violent Protestor Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 16, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 8, 2010 HR 3808 Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010 2 Vetoed - Executive
Veto

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