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Key Votes

Barack Obama II's Voting Records on Issue: Legal

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
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 Requiring Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

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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