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How Jay Rockefeller voted on key votes

Member Most DEMS
Agreed to VOTE 281

Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Repeals the military policy that required gay service members to hide their sexual identity or risk being expelled.

Rejected VOTE 278


The measure would have created a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Agreed to VOTE 276

Extension of Bush tax cuts

The package extended all George W. Bush tax cuts, guaranteed unemployed workers up to 99 weeks of jobless benefits through the end of 2011, and created incentives for business and consumer spending, including a two-percentage-point reduction in the Social Security payroll tax.

Passed VOTE 257

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Overhaul of the nation's food safety system.

Passed VOTE 73

S 160

S. 160 As Amended; District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009

Passed VOTE 61

H R 1

H.R. 1 as Amended; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Passed VOTE 31

Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act

H.R. 2 as Amended; Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

Passed VOTE 14

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009

S. 181; Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009

Passed VOTE 309

S 1927

This amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 passed 60-28 on August 3. The bill gives U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on foreign suspects without a court order. The bill gives the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General authorization for periods up to one year, to information concerning suspected terrorists outside the United States. The existing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act contained a 30-year-old statute requiring a warrant to monitor calls intercepted in the United States, regardless of their origin. The new Protect America Act amends this stipulation, allowing U.S. intelligence officials to monitor suspicious communication originating inside the U.S. The Bush administration argued that it needs the expanded power to confront terrorist threats. Civil liberties and privacy advocates argue the bill jeopardizes the Fourth Amendment privacy rights and allows for the warrantless monitoring of virtually any form of communication originating in the United States. Democrats managed a minor victory requiring a sunset clause effective 180 days after the bill is signed. In place of a court's approval, the National Security Agency plans to institute a system of internal bureaucratic controls. The bill passed in the House 227-183, and was sent to the White House soon after to be signed into law.

Passed VOTE 307

H R 976

In this 68 to 31 vote the Senate passed an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The bill also passed the House by a vote of 265 to 159. The bill increases total funding for the program to $60 billion over the next five years and provides health insurance for 9 million currently uninsured American children. The $7 billion yearly expansions were a major sticking point for the White House and ultimately lead to the fourth presidential veto from the Bush administration. The measure is a key agenda item for the Democratic majority in Congress, and Democratic leaders have vowed to push for a veto override, which would require a two-thirds vote. White House press secretary Dana Perino criticized Democrats for sending the president a bill she said they knew would be dead on arrival. “They made their political point,” Perino said. The White House contended that the 61-cent increase in the federal tobacco tax would not be able to recoup the required funds needed to fund the bill. White House officials also argued the measure would push millions of children already covered by private health insurance into publicly financed health care program

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