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Florida's Senator Bill Nelson (D)

Bill Nelson sits happily in the Senate, relishing his position as an ObamaClone. He votes with the President every time Obama needs him, yet Nelson talks on the Senate floor about needing fiscal discipline. Quite the hypocrite. He voted for every debt limit, the largest spending bill in history, and proudly voted for every version of ObamaCare.   If Bill Nelson gets another term as a Senator, who knows just how far he will go as an ObamaClone.


 


Three Years Ago the $825 Billion Stimulus Became Law
February 17, 2012 - From: NRSC 
Three years ago today and despite an already skyrocketing federal debt, President Barack Obama, with the help of liberal U.S. Senator Bill Nelson rammed their $825 billion stimulus spending bill into law promising Americans that it would create millions of news jobs
 
In fact, Nelson specifically promised that the stimulus would ‘create or save’ 206,000 Florida jobs, but since the legislation was signed into law, Florida has lost over 27,000 jobs because the Obama Administration was determined to spend their way out of this economic crisis instead of targeting the legislation to assist small business owners who are the true job creators of this country.  [READ MORE...] 

Bill Nelson Tries to Cover Up His Partisan Record By Supporting The “No Labels” Movement
December 14, 2011 - From: NRSC 
Yesterday, in an attempt to mislead Floridians from his lockstep support of President Obama’s failed agenda, liberal United States Senator Bill Nelson announced he was supporting the “no-labels” movement.
 
Given that Bill Nelson has supported Barack Obama’s tax-and-spend agenda – which includes the failed $825 billion stimulus and government-run healthcare – over 97 percent of this time, it’s clear Nelson is trying to cover up his long, liberal record in Congress.
 
“Bill Nelson has supported Barack Obama’s job-killing agenda over 97 percent of the time and this latest move by Nelson is a political stunt aimed at distracting Floridians from his fiercely partisan record,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox.   [READ MORE...]

Obamacare Anniversary Fundraisers Remind Floridians That Bill Nelson Cast Deciding Vote For Costly, Unpopular Overhaul
March 23, 2011 - From: NRSC 
“As Americans mark the first anniversary of the Democrats’ costly, unpopular health care overhaul, Vice President Joe Biden will visit Florida today to host two swanky political fundraisers for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) – reminding Floridians that, despite his continued attempts to reinvent himself, Nelson has been a loyal rubberstamp for President Obama’s liberal agenda in Washington.
 
Notably, this is the second time in March alone that Nelson has called on the Obama White House to help fill his campaign coffers – a sign of Nelson’ s vulnerability as he faces a tough reelection bid next year. As the Orlando Sentinel notes, “[t]he campaign bucks will be crucial to Nelson’s re-election chances… Nelson already has been declared a target by both national and statewide Republicans.”
 
“It’s fitting that Senator Nelson would use ObamaCare’s one-year anniversary to raise campaign cash with Vice President Biden. Last year, Nelson gave President Obama the deciding 60th vote to ram this costly overhaul into law, and today he’s collecting his reward, filling his campaign coffers in advance of an uphill reelection bid,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Chris Bond. “When it mattered most, Bill Nelson put President Obama’s liberal agenda ahead of Florida’s best interests, and it’s clear that Floridians will hold Nelson accountable for his broken promises and liberal Washington record.”   [READ MORE...]


The Race to Defeat Bill Nelson 

The second most important election in 2012 in Florida will be the election of our next United States Senator. Of course the Presidential election will garner the most attention and the voter turnout in 2012 may be the highest in United States history. In my previous article; “Bill Nelson “You’re fired”,” I listed many reasons why it is time to end Bill Nelson’s time in office.

Aside from Nelson’s support of Obama Care and Cap and Trade, I concluded “our nation needs a new brand of leader who recognizes our national debt is the greatest threat to our future. Senator Bill Nelson belongs to a different era of big governments and massive deficits.”

But Bill Nelson is a smooth talker who will raise millions of dollars from special interests who benefit from his reckless spending. So the race to see who will challenge Bill Nelson will determine if Republicans can retire Bill Nelson and possibly achieve a majority in the Unites States Senate.  [READ MORE...]


Top 10 Signs That You Are A Liberal:

10. You know you’re a liberal if you believe ObamaCare is a great thing & will cut spending  (“I firmly believe (ObamaCare) will provide more affordable coverage for millions of uninsured Americans…The legislation will also help reduce the country’s deficit.” -Nelson Press Release 12/21/09 Nelson website
9. You know you’re liberal if you consistently side with your trial lawyer buddies (Bill Nelson NO on limiting trial lawyers fees -12/6/09 Senate.gov)
8.  You know you’re a liberal if you haven’t seen an earmark you don’t like  (Bill Nelson NO on ending earmarks-2/6/09 Senate.gov)
7. You know you’re a liberal if you think the government doesn’t spend enough  (Bill Nelson NO on freezing spending-3/3/09 Senate.gov)
6. You know you’re a liberal if you think the second amendment doesn’t apply to DC  (Bill Nelson NO on ending the DC Gun Ban 2/26/09 Senate.gov)
5. You know you’re a liberal if you allow the FCC to dictate the talk show airwaves  (Bill Nelson YES on the “Fairness Doctrine”-3/10/09 Senate.gov)
4. You know you’re a liberal if you called “Cash for Clunkers” an “apparent success”  (Bill Nelson on Twitter – 8/3/09)
3. You know you’re a liberal if you think Americans are taxed too little  (Bill Nelson NO on making tax cuts permanent-2/4/09 Senate.gov)
2. You know you’re a liberal if you support our tax dollars funding…ACORN?!  (Bill Nelson YES to allowing stimulus funds for ACORN-2/6/09 Senate.gov)

And the #1 reason you know you’re a liberal…YOU VOTE NOT ONCE…NOT TWICE…BUT AT LEAST THREE TIMES FOR OBAMACARE!!!! 


Interest Group Ratings for Bill Nelson 2012 to 2009
Data Courtesy of Project Vote Smart

Abortion Issues

2011 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
 2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2010 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
 2010 Planned Parenthood - Positions 100%
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%

Budget, Spending and Taxes

Business and Consumers

Conservative Groups

Fall 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions 56%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 8%
 2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2011 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 37%
 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 44%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 41%
 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 48%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 56%
 2011 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 52%
2011 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 64%
 2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 55%
2011 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 25%
 2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 8%
2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 34%
 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 14%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 47%
 2010 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 57%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 54%
 2010 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 62%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 42%
 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 43%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 0%
 2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 38%
2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 14%
 2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 38%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
 2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 3%
 2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 4%
2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 36%
 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 9%
 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 15%
2009 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 62%
 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 28%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 52%
 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 30%
2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 38%
 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 39%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 45%
 2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 10%

Education

Energy Issues

Environmental Issues

Family and Children Issues

Foreign Aid and Policy Issues

Government Reform

Gun Issues

Health Issues

Immigration

Labor

2011-2012 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 75%
 2011 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 79%
2011 Federally Employed Women - Positions 100%
 2011 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2010 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 93%
 2010 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 94%
2010 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
 2010 Federally Employed Women - Positions 70%
2010 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
 2009-2010 Communications Workers of America - Positions 100%
2009-2010 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 92%
 2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 90%
 2009 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 88%
2009 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
2009 Federally Employed Women - Positions 80%
2009 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 80%
 2009 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
 2009 Women Employed - Positions 100%

Liberal Groups

Military Issues

National Security Issues

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Social Issues

Trade Issues

Veterans Issues

Welfare and Poverty

Women's Issues

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

 



Bill Nelson Voting Record this term on Key Votes Through May 15, 2012

Data Courtesy of Project Vote Smart

 

Please look at Senator Nelson's voting record for this current term from "Project Vote Smart". Then following that look at his ratings form various organizations categorized by issues.  The list shows consistent opposition on matters conservatives usually support, and support for matters conservatives usually oppose. You will need to click the links for a description of each organization's mission that is providing the ratings.

This is not intended to be a quick read but rather a reference document to be saved and read over time, and used as an information source to defeat Nelson in 2012. We all need to share this information all around Florida. Nelson must not win in 2012. We must give Rubio a conservative colleague in 2012.

NELSON'S VOTING RECORD, Key Votes

DateBill No.Bill TitleOutcomeVote
May 8, 2012 S 2343 Prohibits Increase in Interest Rates for Student Loans Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 45)
Yea
April 16, 2012 S 2230 Establishes a Minimum 30 Percent Tax Rate for High-Income Taxpayers Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 45)
Yea
March 8, 2012 S Amdt 1537 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project Amendment Rejected - Senate
(56 - 42)
Nay
Jan. 26, 2012 H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
Dec. 15, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(86 - 13)
Yea
Dec. 14, 2011 S J Res 10 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Hatch Bill) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 53)
Nay
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1274 Authorizes Further Detention After Trial During Wartime Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 59)
Nay
Dec. 1, 2011 S 1917 Extends Payroll Tax Cut and Establishes Tax on Income Over $1 Million Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 S 1931 Reduces Payroll Tax Rate Motion Rejected - Senate
(20 - 78)
Nay
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1125 Limits New Detention Rules to Prisoners Captured Outside the U.S. Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Yea
Nov. 29, 2011 S Amdt 1107 Removes Provisions Requiring Military Custody of al-Qaeda Suspects Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 60)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2011 S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 56)
Nay
Nov. 10, 2011 S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry Motion Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
Oct. 21, 2011 S Amdt 753 Prohibits the Use of Funds for Prosecution of Enemy Combatants in Civilian Courts Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Nay
Sept. 26, 2011 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(79 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2011 S Amdt 655 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Amendment Tabled - Senate
(59 - 36)
Yea
Sept. 8, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 9)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2011 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
July 31, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Reid Bill) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 49)
Yea
July 29, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill) Bill Tabled - Senate
(59 - 41)
Yea
July 22, 2011 HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011 Bill Tabled - Senate
(51 - 46)
Yea
June 23, 2011 S Amdt 499 Prohibiting the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
June 21, 2011 S 782 Economic Development Revitalization Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(49 - 51)
Yea
June 14, 2011 S Amdt 436 Repealing the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
May 26, 2011 S 990 Patriot Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 23)
Yea
May 25, 2011 S Con Res 21 2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate
(42 - 55)
Nay
May 25, 2011 H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 57)
Nay
May 23, 2011 S 1038 Patriot Act Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(74 - 8)
Yea
May 18, 2011 S 953 Offshore Production and Safety Act Motion Rejected - Senate
(42 - 57)
Nay
May 17, 2011 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws Motion Rejected - Senate
(52 - 48)
Yea
April 14, 2011 HR 1473 2011 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 19)
Yea
April 5, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Yea
March 17, 2011 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(87 - 13)
Yea
March 9, 2011 S Amdt 149 Department of Defense funding and Continuing Appropriations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 58)
Nay
March 9, 2011 HR 1 Continuing Appropriations Bill Failed - Senate
(44 - 56)
Nay
March 2, 2011 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(91 - 9)
Yea
March 2, 2011 S Amdt 115 Calling for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
March 1, 2011 S Amdt 112 Prioritizing Payment of Public Debt Amendment Tabled - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
Feb. 15, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various Patriot Act Provisions Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 12)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 21 Reducing Federal Aviation Administration Appropriations Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 47)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 13 Repealing the Federal Health Care Law Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Motion Agreed - Senate
(81 - 17)
Yea
Dec. 22, 2010 Treaty Doc. 111-5 Treaty with Russia to Reduce and Limit Offensive Arms None - Senate
(71 - 26)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(79 - 16)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(81 - 19)
Yea
Dec. 9, 2010 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 42)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3991 Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3985 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2010 S 3772 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2010 HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2010 S J Res 39 Disapproving Rule for "Grandfathered Health Plans" Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
Sept. 29, 2010 S Amdt 4676 Reducing "Continuing Appropriation" Amounts by 5 Percent Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2010 S 3816 Tax Law Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2010 S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
Aug. 5, 2010 PN 1768 Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 37)
Yea
July 20, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 40)
Yea
July 15, 2010 HR 4173 Regulation and Oversight of the United States Financial System Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
June 10, 2010 S J Res 26 Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 53)
Nay
May 27, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate
(67 - 28)
Yea
May 27, 2010 S Amdt 4214 National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 46)
Yea
May 27, 2010 S Amdt 4204 Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable Amendment Rejected - Senate
(18 - 80)
Nay
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3760 Federal Reserve Audit Amendment Rejected - Senate
(37 - 62)
Nay
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3839 Termination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conservatorships Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Nay
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3938 Study on Ending the Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 36)
Yea
May 6, 2010 S Amdt 3826 Consumer Financial Protection Division Within The FDIC Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 61)
Nay
April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 38)
Did Not Vote
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
March 17, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(68 - 29)
Yea
March 10, 2010 HR 4213 Extending Unemployment Benefits and Certain Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Yea
March 3, 2010 S Amdt 3353 Payment to Social Security Recipients Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 50)
Yea
Feb. 24, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(70 - 28)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2010 HJR 45 Increasing the Public Debt Limit and Reinstating PAYGO Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2010 PN 959-111 Ben S. Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(70 - 30)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2010 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 46)
Yea
Jan. 21, 2010 S Amdt 3301 Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
Dec. 24, 2009 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 24, 2009 HR 3590 Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments ("Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act") Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 23, 2009 S Amdt 2786 Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 23, 2009 HR 3590 Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments ("Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act") Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 22, 2009 S Amdt 3276 Senate Health Care Bill Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 22, 2009 S Amdt 2786 Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2009 S Amdt 2793 Authorizing Importation of Prescription Drugs Amendment Rejected - Senate
(51 - 48)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2009 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(57 - 35)
Yea
Oct. 29, 2009 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(72 - 28)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Cloture Invoked - Senate
(87 - 13)
Yea
Oct. 22, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(68 - 29)
Yea
Oct. 21, 2009 S 1776 Eliminating Adjustments to Medicare Rates of Payment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(47 - 53)
Nay
Oct. 20, 2009 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Yea
Aug. 6, 2009 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 37)
Yea
July 22, 2009 S Amdt 1618 Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines Amendment Rejected - Senate
(58 - 39)
Nay
April 29, 2009 S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(53 - 43)
Yea
April 28, 2009 PN 188 Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Yea
March 31, 2009 S Amdt 739 Public Debt Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 54)
Yea
March 26, 2009 HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 19)
Yea
March 19, 2009 HR 146 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 20)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2009 PN 64-06 Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(60 - 34)
Yea
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 2095 Amtrak Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
Yea
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 13)
Yea
Sept. 27, 2008 HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(78 - 12)
Yea

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.