John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry

  • D-MA, Senator1985 – 2013
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Lifetime Score 9%

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2013: 29%

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2013: 113th Congress N/A

Senator Kerry has not been scored for 2013 because he was appointed to be Secretary of State in February.

  • 1: S.Res. 15 - Amending the Rules of the SenateYea

    Key Vote 1: S.Res. 15 - Amending the Rules of the Senate

    This change to the rules of the Senate weakens the minority party's ability to filibuster legislation by imposing much tighter restrictions on debate time on bills. The ability of either party to slow down consideration of a bill or nomination was a feature granted to the Senate intentionally by our founders, providing the opportunity for legislation to be exhaustively debated before being passed into law. This rules change is a major blow to that important tradition.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 2: S.Amdt. 4 to H.R. 152 - To reduce annually appropriated spending by .49% across the board.Nay

    Key Vote 2: S.Amdt. 4 to H.R. 152 - To reduce annually appropriated spending by .49% across the board.

    This amendment, sponsored by Senator Mike Lee (UT), would offset the cost of the emergency spending in the Disaster Relief Act over time by making a .49% across-the board cut to discretionary spending. Such a minor spending cut in order to offset a large amount of deficit spending should be an easy call given the current $16.4 trillion national debt.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 3: H.R. 152 - Disaster Relief Appropriations ActYea

    Key Vote 3: H.R. 152 - Disaster Relief Appropriations Act

    This bill is an "emergency" appropriations bill that contains $50.1 billion in spending that is supposed to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy. In reality, however, most of the spending will not provide acute disaster relief, and much of it is not even scheduled to be spent until 2014 or later. Thus, the bill functions more like a stimulus than true disaster relief and its spending should be appropriated through the budget process instead of as emergency spending that adds to the federal deficit.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 4: On the Motion to Table: S.Amdt. 8 - To require that the U.S. gov't prioritize certain payments when the debt limit is reachedDid Not Vote

    Key Vote 4: On the Motion to Table: S.Amdt. 8 - To require that the U.S. gov't prioritize certain payments when the debt limit is reached

    This amendment would require that, upon reaching the debt limit, the Treasury would prioritize military pay, Social Security obligations, and payments of interest on the national debt. This would prevent the executive branch from making the claim that reaching the debt ceiling would prevent Social Security checks from being sent, since the government incurs enough revenue to meet these obligations without borrowing.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 5: H.R. 325 - To Increase the Debt Limit until May 19th, 2013Did Not Vote

    Key Vote 5: H.R. 325 - To Increase the Debt Limit until May 19th, 2013

    This bill raises the statutory limit on the public debt (the "debt ceiling") by whatever amount is necessary to reach May 19th, 2013. Although the bill theoretically contains a "no budget, no pay" provision conditional upon the Senate passing a budget resolution, in reality the provision has no teeth. FreedomWorks insists that further increases in the debt ceiling by accompanied by proportional decreases in federal spending in order to address the ever-increasing federal debt, which at the time of this bill stood at $16.4 trillion. Instead, this bill amounts to a "clean" debt ceiling hike, accompanied by the unenforceable promise of spending reforms at a later date.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 15: On Cloture: S. 954 - The Farm BillNay

    Key Vote 15: On Cloture: S. 954 - The Farm Bill

    The so-called "Farm Bill" is actually a combination of agricultural policy and welfare, with food stamps accounting for 80 percent of the bill's nearly trillion dollars in projected spending. Aside from failing to contain the multitude of faults within the rapidly-expanding food welfare programs, the agricultural portion of the bill is an amalgam of direct corporate welfare for insurance companies and farm corporations and special carve-outs and price supports for the specific industries with the best lobbyists.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 17: Lee Letter to Defund ObamaCare through the Continuing ResolutionIneligible

    Key Vote 17: Lee Letter to Defund ObamaCare through the Continuing Resolution

    Senator Mike Lee solicited signers on a letter to Senator Harry Reid, which declared that the signers would not vote for any appropriations bill, including a Continuing Resolution (CR), that contained further funding for ObamaCare's implementation or enforcement. The letter put senators on the record committing to actually defunding ObamaCare using a must-pass bill (the CR), rather than just taking another symbolic vote on an amendment that the Democrats could easily defeat.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 19: On Cloture: H.R. 2775 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 Nay

    Key Vote 19: On Cloture: H.R. 2775 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014

    H.R. 2775 was used as the vehicle for the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government. This bill funds the government fully (including ObamaCare) through January 15th of 2014, suspends the debt ceiling until February of 2014, and obliges both chambers of Congress to go to conference on a full-year budget. In other words, this CR allows for more uncontrolled spending and debt, with no reforms to either, does nothing to address ObamaCare, and potentially promises more future spending if a budget agreement is reached.

    "Nay" votes scored.
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