Key Votes

2013 National Defense Key Votes

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11/21 NA S 1197 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 44) 9/18 NA H Amdt 463 Amends the Definition of "Strategic and Critical Minerals" Amendment Rejected - House (187 - 241) 9/18 NA H Amdt 466 Requires Mine Operators to Include the Cost of Cleanup in Financial Insurance Amendment Rejected - House (191 - 235) 9/18 NA HR 761 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (246 - 178) 7/24 NA H Amdt 413 Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the PATRIOT Act Amendment Rejected - House (205 - 217) 7/24 NA HR 2397 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 Bill Passed - House (315 - 109) 7/23 NA H Amdt 375 Prohibits the Use of Funds to Appoint Chaplains Without an Endorsing Agency Amendment Adopted - House (253 - 173) 6/14 NA HR 1960 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Bill Passed - House (315 - 108) 6/14 NA H Amdt 167 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to Yemen Amendment Adopted - House (236 - 188) 6/14 NA H Amdt 168 Establishes Framework for the Closing of the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 1, 2014 Amendment Rejected - House (174 - 249) 6/06 NA HR 2217 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 Bill Passed - House (245 - 182) 6/04 NA H Amdt 84 Authorizes Funds for the Construction of United States Prison for Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Amendment Rejected - House (170 - 254) 4/18 NA HR 624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Bill Passed - House (288 - 127) 3/21 NA HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (318 - 109) 3/20 NA HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 26) 3/07 NA PN 48 Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 34) 3/06 NA HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - House (267 - 151) 2/26 NA PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate (58 - 41) 2/26 NA PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Invoked - Senate (71 - 27) 2/14 NA PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 40)

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