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Barack Obama II's Voting Records on Issue:

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 9, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 28)
July 9, 2008 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(32 - 66)
Feb. 12, 2008 S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 29)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 12, 2008 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(31 - 67)
Feb. 12, 2008 S Amdt 3910 FISA as Exclusive Means for Conducting Electronic Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(57 - 41)
Sept. 19, 2007 S Amdt 2022 Habeas Corpus for Detainees of the United States Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 43)
July 19, 2007 S Amdt 2351 Sense of the Senate on Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Adopted - Senate
(94 - 3)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 28, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
March 2, 2006 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 10)
Dec. 16, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
March 8, 2005 S Amdt 47 Violent Protestor Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 2, 2015 HR 2048 Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring (USA FREEDOM) Act of 2015 Signed - Executive
Dec. 30, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
Dec. 31, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Signed - Executive
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Signed - Executive
Feb. 25, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Signed - Executive

About the Selection and Description of Key Votes

Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

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  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

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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