John Cornyn

John Cornyn


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Party R
State TX
Years in DC 14
Next Election 2020


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Votes Conservative Position Cornyn Vote Vote Result Date
Fund Obama Priorities and Give Planned Parenthood a Raise
This government funding bill funded all aspects of the federal government from October 1 through December 9, 2016. Absent from this budget bill was any sort of meaningful limitations on a single illegal, abusive, or harmful executive action taken by President Obama. In fact, this spending bill funded every major policy priority of the Obama administration. Absent from the bill were limitations or reforms to Obamacare, Planned Parenthood funding, Obama's transgender bathroom mandate on the states, sanctuary cities, unconstitutional amnesty, or anything resembling a spending reduction or fiscal responsibility to address our $20 trillion debt. Additionally, this spending bill offered specific funding to combat Zika, despite funding already being available. There were no restrictions on whether this government money could go to Planned Parenthood, which effectively increased government funding for the nation's largest abortion provider. What was particularly disturbing about this blank check is that the timing of the budget deadline coincided with two new harmful unilateral policies of the Obama administration: the giveaway of oversight over internet IP addresses to a foreign entity and a net increase in refugee admissions for the new fiscal year. Of course, the failure to do anything about Obama's increase in refugee admissions comes on top of the existing increase in refugees from the Middle East during a time of grave homeland security concerns. While one expects compromise with divided government, this spending package was truly breathtaking as it embodies Democrat values - as if Republicans did not in fact actually control Congress. Finally, this bill was timed to expire during December, and thus creates a lame-duck session which exposes America to the inevitable danger of multiple onerous policies jammed through by retiring members, including those who have lost their bid for reelection. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 9/28/2016
Support A Bailout of Puerto Rico
This vote was the last hurdle to bailing out Puerto Rico. This bill should worry every voter, as it establishes a fiscal oversight board with near-imperial powers over the island’s finances. Equally as troubling, the bill allows the Oversight Board to restructure the island’s debt without the consent of the creditors.  This gives Puerto Rico bankruptcy-like powers that have otherwise been found unconstitutional, and adds up to nothing less than a bailout. The oversight board will be able to implement legally unbounded decisions to force payment cuts upon creditors. Even worse, the bill allows for “transparent” cronyism, because the oversight board receives no funding from Congress, but will be permitted to accept gifts. This presents an opportunity for actors to bribe members of the board for favorable treatment. Ultimately, this bill is a symbolic shift from a fiscal mess on the shoulders of Puerto Rico, to one on taxpayers across the country. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 6/29/2016
Support Obama’s War on Suburbs
This vote was a procedural vote to kill an amendment offered by Senator Lee that would have defunded implementation of a Department of Housing and Urban Development rule that basically federalizes zoning laws and encourages the forced economic diversification of neighborhoods. Rhetorically speaking this rule is a war on the suburbs as it uses the power of federal government to centrally plan out neighborhoods. The rule is a massive power grab by progressive bureaucrats to allow them to conduct large scale social experiments with real neighborhoods by forcing the collection of data that will be used to evaluate whether communities meet Washington guidelines and quotas on race, economic, and other factors. The result will undermine local representation and push localities into more regional government structures that ultimately answer to Washington D.C. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 5/19/2016
Increase Taxpayer Subsidies for “Green Energy” Home Loans
This amendment, sponsored by Senator Isakson, would increase taxpayer subsidies from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for homes classified as "green energy" efficient. Proponents of the amendment argue that homes that meet the "green energy" standard will save those owners money on utility bills, and as such, those cost savings should be counted as increased income for loan applicants. Thus, the amendment would incentivize homebuyers to purchase "green energy" homes and further distort the housing market. The practical effect of this social engineering policy is that loan applicants will take out bigger loans than they may be able to afford and artificially inflate home prices, as well as increase the amount of risk that taxpayers are exposed to by funding these loans. It was these same sort of policies that led to the housing collapse of 2008. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 4/19/2016
Confirm a Common Core Advocate as Secretary of Education
This vote was to confirm John B. King as the next Secretary of Education. John King's nomination presented Republican members of the Senate with a choice: confirm a liberal self-avowed supporter of Common Core to the most powerful education-related office or stand up against increased federal control of education by refusing to confirm King. In New York, King implemented a controversial Common Core, one size fits all education system against the will of the parents, teachers, and local school board. Rather than undoing the damage that the Department of Education has wrecked on local education systems, King will solidify Obama’s legacy of more federal control at the Department of Education. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 3/15/2016
Lifetime Appointment of a Liberal Judge
This vote was to confirm Wilhelmina Marie Wright, an ultra-liberal judge to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. A proponent of "critical race theory," Wright once argued the right to property, one of America's most foundational rights, perpetuates racism in America. She has even gone so far as to claim that property rights are racist. Rather than reject this judge, who clearly holds views antithetical to the Constitution, Republicans confirmed her for a lifetime appointment. Overall this vote is one of the latest examples of President Obama packing courts around the country with liberal judges. Liberal judges have used the judiciary branch to legislate from the bench and usher in and defend radical policies that are unconstitutional. The Senate Constitutional role of "advice and consent" gives Congress an effective check on liberal appointees, but only if it is used as something more than a rubber stamp. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 2 1/19/2016
To Advance a $1.1 Trillion Budget Busting Spending Bill
This 2,009 page omnibus bill contained a whopping $1.1 trillion for funding the entire government for the remainder of fiscal year 2016, or $547 million per page. Taken in totality, this bill gave away the final opportunity for Republicans to wield the power of the purse over a number of lawless or harmful executive policies for the rest of the Obama administration. The tactics and processes used by Speaker Ryan to advance this bill were identical to ones used by Speaker Boehner, and ultimately resulted in the GOP Congress losing all leverage over an out of control executive branch. As the omnibus fully funded Obama’s amnesty programs and even added close to $300 million in funding for economic and cultural development in some of the very Latin American countries violating our sovereignty. While the bill contained no positive immigration riders to prevent Obama from bringing in Syrian refugees and other security risks, it contained a harmful provision quadrupling the H2-b visa program for next year, further burdening American workers and taxpayers with more low skilled workers from impoverished countries. In addition, this bill stripped out every rider halting Obama’s environmental agenda. Finally it increased spending by $53 billion relative to the previous year. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 12/18/2015
Expand Federal Involvement in Education
This vote was to reauthorize No Child Left Behind through 2020. No Child Left Behind represented an unprecedented expansion by the federal government into education. Overall this reauthorization legislation is a missed opportunity for a Republican controlled congress to empower parents and put children first. Education is an issue that is near and dear to families and represents and opportunity for Republicans to lay down a bold contrast of family first policies. Conservatives believe education decisions should be made by state and local officials, yet this bill retains the fundamental mandate requiring states to concoct uniform standards in reading and math that would be applied statewide throughout all jurisdictions. The bill keeps the plethora of federal testing requirements that have been the driving force behind the adoption of Common Core. Likewise, it does nothing to address the duplicate and wasteful programs funded by the Department of Education, but in reality actually expands education control into preschool programs. Instead of renewing the 2001 law with minor changes, conservatives should be implementing sweeping reforms that allow states to drive innovation in their own school districts. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 12/9/2015
1,300 Page $305 billion Highway Bailout Bill
This 1,300 page bill was introduced, "debated", and voted on within 72 hours, making it virtually impossible that any member of Congress actually read it. It is accurate to assume that Congress is blindly spending $305 billion with little knowledge of its implications. Additionally this bill bails out the Highway Trust Fund to the tune of $70 billion. While the Republican controlled Congress makes the argument the bill is paid for, that is fraudulent claim as the payfors are budget gimmicks designed to hide the true cost of the bill. Besides continuing Congress' reckless spending spree the bill, also renews the once shuttered crony capitalist Export Import Bank. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 12/4/2015
Raise Debt Limit by $1.5 Trillion and Increase Spending
The Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (H.R. 1314) represents the convergence of everything that is wrong in Washington and is a prime example of the engendered permanent growth of the federal government. This bill married a blank check of approximately $1.5 trillion in debt suspension with a two-year budget plan that placed the final nail in the coffin of the 2011 Budget Control Act, which cut government spending for the first time in years. At a time when spending is already slated to increase by another $250 billion in 2016, this deal busts the budget caps by $112 billion. In classic Enron-style accounting, the hodgepodge of "offsets" are either notional, intangible, or scheduled to take effect almost ten years from now and in typical Washington fashion, unlikely to ever come to fruition. In addition, this bill bails out the broken Disability Insurance program with $150 billion from Social Security retirement benefits - without enacting any durable and verifiable reforms that address the systemic flaws in the program which have made this program a dependency-inducing Ponzi scheme rife with fraud. Finally, this budget bill fails to exact a single policy concession from Obama on the major issues of our time - immigration enforcement, Planned Parenthood, EPA regulations, the Iran deal, etc. - and takes the power of the purse off the table as leverage against any potential executive overreach for the remainder of the Obama presidency. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 10/30/2015
Stop Sanctuary Cities and Support Kate's Law
S. 2146 is long overdue legislation to punish sanctuary cities for disobeying federal immigration laws and deter illegal immigrants from re-entering the country unlawfully. At present, there are approximately 340 localities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Over just a nine month period in 2014, sanctuary cities released 9,295 criminal aliens that were being sought by ICE, many of whom were violent and dangerous. A large percentage of these criminals were subsequently caught committing more crimes. This bill would punish these local jurisdictions by cutting off a couple of federal law enforcement grants administered by the Department of Justice as well as access to community development block grants (CDBGs) doled out by HUD. Those funds would then be redistributed to the local jurisdictions that cooperate with federal immigration officials as required by law (8 U.S.C. - 1373). Further, in response to the growing epidemic of criminal aliens re-entering the country multiple times after being deported, this bill prescribes mandatory minimum sentencing for illegal re-entrants. The Constitution vests the federal government with broad power over immigration in order to protect our sovereignty as a nation and prevent individual states from endangering the rest of the country with invidious open border policies. At a time when this administration is punishing states like Arizona for following federal immigration law, it's high time Congress force them to punish localities that thwart this federal power. It should be noted, however, that given Obama's new 'sanctuary nation' policy whereby his administration has prohibited ICE from issuing detainers on most illegal aliens housed in local prisons, this bill does not absolve Congress from defunding Obama's illegal amnesty on a national level, which is upstream from the problem of sanctuary cities. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 10/20/2015
Fund Planned Parenthood and Obama's Priorities
Republicans took back the Senate last fall with the premise of stopping Obama by using their Constitutional right of the power of the purse to defund key parts of Obama's agenda. Over the 2015 summer an undercover group released numerous videos depicting Planned Parenthood engaging in the sale and harvest of organs of aborted babies. Conservatives responded with calls to halt federal funds to private organizations like Planned Parenthood that engage in this behavior. Additionally conservatives called on Congress to with hold funding for President Obama's disastrous Iran deal, which puts America and her allies at risk, and to continue efforts to defund Obama's executive amnesty. This vote was on final passage of a spending bill that fully funds Obama's priorities, including abortion, until December 11, 2015. Between now and December 11th, Planned Parenthood is estimated to commit 70,000 abortions. Preceding this vote, Republicans engaged in a series of show votes to give the appearance of fighting against public funding of abortion, however this vote was the critical vote in the Senate to cut off those federal funds. From a spending and budget perspective this spending bill maintains the excessive burn rate of taxpayer dollars and lacks any spending reforms. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 9/30/2015
Obamatrade -- Fast Track Authority for TPP
This vote was to advance the procedural provision known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA grants a special fast-track status to trade deals negotiated by the president and as such has been dubbed Obamatrade. While conservatives generally support trade agreements as important tools for lowering tariffs and trade barriers, and TPA is often needed in order to effectively negotiate with other countries, this particular TPA was problematic for a number of reasons. Typically, a TPA is passed at the beginning of negotiation cycles so that Congress directs the president to negotiate along specific parameters. In this case, the three primary treaties that would receive fast-track status under this TPA have already been negotiated in secret for years. There is no reason to pass fast track authority without releasing more details about these trade agreements to the public. Moreover, given this president’s penchant for implementing major policies without Congress, there was a widespread fear that Obama would use these trade agreements to pursue liberal policies, such as changes to our immigration system, labor laws, and global warming regulations. For example, according to WikiLeaks, one of the impending trade deals – the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA) – contains an entire immigration section, including a provision prohibiting US authorities from conducting in-person interviews for certain visa categories. Additionally, the main trade deal – the Trans Pacific Partnership – contains a “living agreement” provision, which could enable Obama to expand the scope of the agreement during the final months of his presidency or add countries like China to the agreement. Finally, GOP Leadership negotiated a deal to advance Trade Promotion Authority and in exchange for Democrat votes, promised to renew the crony capitalist Export-Import Bank and a failed government handout program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, a subsidy bailout for labor unions. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 6/23/2015
Support Loretta Lynch Nomination
This vote supported the nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General by advancing her nomination to final passage. While presidents are generally afforded the courtesy of nominating those who share their political views, their political appointees must uphold the rule of law. Lynch was chosen at a time when Obama announced an unconstitutional executive amnesty for illegal immigrants. During the confirmation hearings, Lynch, who will become the chief law enforcement officer, agreed with Obama’s decision to thwart the constitutional separation of powers and to not enforce immigration law. Lynch also expressed the extreme view that everyone has the “right and obligation” to a job in the United States regardless of being an illegal immigrant. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 4/23/2015
$500 Billion Healthcare Bill
This vote was on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act which is expected to increase the nation's debt by $500 billion over the next 20 years. This bill was cobbled together in a backroom deal by Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi. Overall H.R. 2 is a massive health care spending bill that replaces the existing Medicare payment system for health care providers, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), with a new bureaucratic pay scheme that would automatically increase reimbursements every year. Although everyone agrees that the SGR was a flawed system, this bill merely replaced one top-down bureaucratic price-control system with a new one, albeit with a more generous reimbursement rate and no way to pay for the increased spending. With this bill Congress failed to address the underlying problems in healthcare entitlements and in true back room deal fashion, included several extraneous provisions designed to buy votes. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 4/15/2015
Fully Fund Obama’s Executive Amnesty
While considering HR 240, the FY 2015 Department of Homeland Security funding bill, in the Senate, newly elected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) worked with Democrats and liberal Republicans to re-instate funding for Obama’s executive amnesty. Despite promises from Senate Republicans during the 2014 midterm campaign to stand up to President Obama, HR 240 would fully fund Obama’s fall 2014 unconstitutional executive amnesty. This vote is on final passage of HR 240 and is the last opportunity for Republican’s to stop funding for full implementation of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty for the remainder of the year. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 2/27/2015
Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
This bill would grant TransCanada immediate authority to begin constructing and operating the Keystone Pipeline, thereby circumventing all of the bureaucratic tape and stonewalling the Obama administration has created for years. If there was ever a slam dunk positive initiative for the American economy, it is the Keystone pipeline. Completion of the 1,200 mile pipeline will create thousands of jobs, increase our energy output, and lower the price of oil and energy across the board for consumers. Moreover, pipelines are the most environmental friendly means of transporting oil, much cheaper and safer than transport by ship. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 1/30/2015
Declare Obama's Executive Amnesty Unconstitutional
On November 20, President Obama announced an unprecedented amnesty for millions of illegal aliens without the consent of Congress. Through executive fiat, he set up a program through which the illegal immigrants can apply for work permits and Social Security cards. The Cruz point of order to the FY 2015 “Cromnibus” bill would have declared this action unconstitutional, thereby sending the bill back to the House of Representatives to fix the offending Constitutional violation, funding unlawful executive amnesty. A yes vote was a vote to declare Obama’s amnesty unconstitutional; a no vote was an act of support for Obama’s unlawful and harmful policy. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 1 12/14/2014
Advance $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill that Funds Executive Amnesty
The 1700+ page, $1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill granted President Obama full funding for 11 of 12 federal departments for the remainder of the fiscal year - without any congressional restrictions on his unilateral action on amnesty, Obamacare, and environmental regulations. Worse, the bill actually provided Obama with an additional $2.5 billion in funds to facilitate his executive amnesty. Most egregiously, this 1700-page bill was crafted as a backroom deal by lame duck senators who were rejected by the American public in the November election. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 12/14/2014
Stop Government Land Grab
The government currently controls 640 million acres of land, 1 out of every 3 acres. Senator Coburn offered a motion to strip a provision expanding existing national parks, creating 8 new parks, designating 245,000 acres as federal wilderness, and removing another 299,000 acres from natural resource production. Conservatives should be fighting to stop the growth of federal land and returning large swaths of federal land to states and private owners, not adding to the size of the federal government. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 1 12/13/2014
Extend Ex-Im and set up Lame Duck
This spending bill was filled with problematic provisions such as arming “friendly” rebels in Syria, extending the corrupt Export-Import Bank, and sets up a post-November election lame-duck session of Congress. The main conservative concern with a lame duck is the potential for a massive omnibus spending bill and the potential for an unaccountable Congress to pass an Internet sales tax. This bill passed the Senate 78-22 and was signed into law by the President. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 9/19/2014
Vote to waive budget discipline for Miller-Sanders Veterans deal
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (HR 3230) increases overall spending by $15 billion over the 10 year budget window. Members who voted against waiving this budget point of order voted for fiscal responsibility and a sustainable VA system. This vote unfortunately failed on July 31, 2014 in a roll call vote of 86-8. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 8/1/2014
Mike Lee Transportation Empowerment Act
This amendment would devolve local transportation responsibilities to the States. Each State could set their transportation priorities. It also reduces the cost of transportation projects and stretches taxpayer dollars further by providing federal regulatory relief. Simply put, States and local communities should make local transportation decisions, not Washington, D.C. The amendment was rejected on July 29, 2014 in a roll call vote of 28-69. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 7/30/2014
Advance debt limit increase without spending cuts
This vote advanced a bill to raise the debt limit for an unlimited amount until March 15, 2015. No spending cuts or budget reforms accompany this bill. Senators voting to advance this debt ceiling increase have no idea the amount of debt they are approving because the increase is affixed to a date rather than a number. In essence, this increase is a blank check. The vote passed on February 2, 2014 in a roll call vote of 67-31. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 2/12/2014
Trillion Dollar Farm Bill
This vote was on the passage of a $1 trillion dollar "farm bill." This is an increase of 56% over the previous "farm bill." Noticeably missing from the legislation were reforms to the ballooning food stamp program, of which 1 in 7 Americans are participants. The bill also mandates central control of a variety of commodities like sugar and milk resulting in increased food prices. On February 4, 2014 the bill passed by a roll call vote of 68-32. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 2/5/2014
To Continue Flood Insurance Subsidies
This bill canceled out Flood Insurance reforms designed to make the program sustainable. Currently, taxpayers around the country subsidize flood insurance premiums in flood prone areas. Cancelling or delaying Flood Insurance reforms bankrupt the program requiring another taxpayer bailout. The bill ultimately passed on January 30, 2014 in a roll call vote of 67-32. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 1/30/2014
1,582 page Omnibus Spending Bill
The 1,582 page Omnibus spending bill was given very little time to be read and increases spending $45 billion over Budget Control Act levels. Last minute bills like this are a typical Washington maneuver to ram through large spending bills with very little scrutiny. This bill passed in the Senate on January 16, 2014 by a roll call vote of 72-26. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 1/17/2014
Ryan-Murray Budget Deal
The Ryan-Murray budget deal undid required spending cuts called sequestration. These spending cuts were designed to pay for the August 2011 debt limit increase. Voting for this deal increased spending and taxes immediately and relies on a future Congress to keep potential spending cuts, despite the irony that the Senators voting in favor of this legislation are canceling out previously agreed to spending cuts. The bill passed on December 18, 2013 in a roll call vote of 64-36. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/19/2013
To confirm Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security
Conservatives raised concerns that Jeh Johnson lacked the experience and knowledge to adequately secure the borders. These concerns were validated in the summer of 2014 wave of illegal immigration after Mr. Johnson's confirmation. Throughout the confirmation process, Mr. Johnson dodged questions on immigration policy. The Senate confirmed Johnson's nomination on December 16, 2013 by a roll call vote of 78-16. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/17/2013
Allow for Senate Procedure to Fund Obamacare
This procedural vote was on whether or not to advance a government funding bill to a post-cloture process granting Harry Reid the ability to easily re-instate Obamacare funding. Senators supporting defunding Obamacare would oppose senate procedures that would allow its funding to be re-instated. The motion ultimately passed in the Senate on September 27, 2013 by a roll call vote of 79-19. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 9/27/2013
Gang of 8 Amnesty Bill
The Gang of 8 Amnesty bill was advertised as the panacea to our nation's illegal immigration crisis and supporters of the bill sold it under the guise of increased border enforcement. Included in the bill are procedures to allow bureaucrats to waive border security requirements and expedite amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants. Simply put, this legislation does not affirm the "rule of law" and only encourages future waves of illegal immigration. The Senate passed this bill on June 27, 2013 by a roll call vote of 68-32. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 6/28/2013
Proceed to Amnesty Bill
This vote allowed for the Gang of 8 Amnesty bill to be brought to the Senate floor for consideration. It was clear to conservatives early on in the committee process that the fix was in for this legislation and any attempt to improve the bill or strike amnesty was voted down as a part of the Gang of 8 deal. Voting to bring the amnesty bill to the floor only empowered Harry Reid to play "let's make a deal" to provide kickbacks to Senators for their vote. This type of floor procedure was out of the Obamacare playbook and amnesty should be opposed at every step possible. This vote passed 85-14. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 6/12/2013
Internet Sales Tax
The Marketplace Fairness Act/Internet Sales Tax would overturn a 1992 Supreme Court decision and would allow for States to impose on out of state businesses the requirement of collecting a new sales tax. If signed into law, businesses would potentially have to comply with approximately 10,000 different tax jurisdictions. Supporters of this legislation are supporting new taxes. The Senate passed a version of this legislation on May 6, 2013 by a roll call vote of 69-27. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 2 5/7/2013
Advance Gun Control Legislation Closer to Passage
This procedural vote advanced Harry Reid's gun control proposals. The proposed legislation can ultimately only be enforced with a gun registry and the advanced legislation is a massive stepping-stone to a gun registry. The Constitution states that the Second Amendment "shall not be infringed." Voting to advance this legislation put the Second Amendment in jeopardy. The Senate passed this motion on April 11, 2013 by a roll call vote of 68-31. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 4/11/2013
Reduce Foreign Aid to Hostile Countries
This amendment proposed reducing U.S. foreign aid to hostile countries and redirecting these funds back for domestic use. The United States spends billions on foreign aid to countries that may not have our best interest at heart. The Senate ultimately rejected this amendment on March 23, 2013 by a roll call vote of 26-72. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 1 3/23/2013
Balance Budget in 5 years
This amendment to the Senate's proposed budget proposed balancing the budget in 5 years by returning spending to FY 2008 levels, block grant numerous welfare programs and eliminate four Departments that are not within the scope of the federal government's responsibility: Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Education, and Energy. The Senate rejected this amendment on March 22, 2013 by a roll call vote of 18-81. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 3/23/2013
Fund the government and Obamacare
This spending bill including funding for the federal government at a rate of over $1 trillion a year and also included full funding for the implementation of Obamacare. Members who voted in favor of this government spending bill supported maintaining the status quo and further enabled Washington's spending addiction. The Senate passed the bill on March 20, 2013 by a roll call vote of 73-26. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 3/21/2013
Violence Against Women Act
The original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 made domestic violence a federal crime, in addition to a state or local crime. Reauthorizing VAWA allows for "emotional distress" to be classified as domestic violence. While conservatives abhor domestic violence and advocate for the rule of law, the lack of authority for this legislation in the Constitution gives conservatives pause. Conservatives have argued that State and local governments are better equipped to stop domestic violence than the federal government. The Senate passed this bill on February 12, 2013 by a roll call vote of 78-22. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 2/13/2013
Fiscal Cliff Tax Increase
The Fiscal Cliff tax increase raises taxes on individuals with incomes of over $400,000, raises payroll taxes on 77% of Americans, while extending corporate welfare tax breaks for special interests. Raising taxes will hurt economic growth and fuel out-of-control government spending. The Senate passed this bill on January 1, 2013 by a roll call vote of 89-8. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 1/1/2013
Re-affirm the 4th Amendment
This amendment proposed re-affirming the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution that protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizure. Additionally, it would extend Fourth Amendment guarantees to electronic communications and requires specific warrants granted from specialized intelligence courts in order to obtain this information. The Senate rejected this amendment on December 27, 2013 by a roll call vote of 12-79. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 1 12/28/2012
UN Treaty on Rights of Persons with Disabilities
This United Nation's treaty was deliberately brought up in the "lame duck" session of Congress to avoid electoral repercussions. This treaty would cede U.S. sovereignty and allow for a committee on the United Nations to insert itself into U.S. law. Already, persons with disabilities are afforded unique protections under U.S. law. The Senate ultimately rejected its ratification on December 4, 2012 by a roll call vote of 61-38. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 12/4/2012
Export-Import Bank Reauthorization
Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) would expand the bank's lending authority by an additional 40%, a total of $140 billion. Ex-Im is the poster child for corporate welfare. Additionally the bank distorts the free market with taxpayer-backed subsidies pitting one section of the U.S. economy against the other. The Senate passed this bill on May 15, 2012 by a roll call vote of 78-20. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 5/16/2012
Term Limits
Currently, only the President of the United States is term limited. This non-binding resolution expressed support for term limits for Members of Congress. This amendment was ultimately rejected by the Senate on February 2, 2012 by a roll call vote of 34-75. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 1 2/3/2012
Prohibit Earmarks
Earmarks are used as an internal currency in Congress to buy and sell votes and have contributed to the current big spending culture of Washington D.C. This amendment proposed prohibiting earmarks in 2012. The Senate rejected this amendment as it was offered to the STOCK Act on February 2, 2012 by a roll call vote of 40-59. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 2/3/2012
$24 Billion Budget Violation
This spending bill was a continuing resolution that included funding the government $24 billion above the House-passed Ryan Budget and continued funding for Obamacare, Planned Parenthood while lacking a single spending cut. The Senate voted to pass the bill on November 1, 2011 by a roll call vote of 69-30. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 11/1/2011
$1 Billion Spending Cut on Wasteful Program
This amendment proposed reducing funding for the Rural Development Agency (RDA) by $1 billion. Not only are the RDA's responsibilities duplicated by other areas of the federal government, the agency also has a history of questionable results and has lost over $1.5 billion in questionable loans. Additionally, there are currently 88 programs administered by 16 different federal agencies that target rural economic development. The Senate rejected this amendment on November 1, 2011 by a roll call vote of 13-85. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 11/1/2011
Increase Debt Limit by $2.4 Trillion
This bill increased the nation's debt limit by $2.4 trillion, the largest increase in the history of the United States. In exchange for an immediate debt limit increase, the bill "promised" discretionary cuts in the future. Future increased spending is assured with an immediate increase but "promised" cuts will be almost assuredly be overturned. We already saw this promise broken when Congress voted to overturn spending cuts in December of 2013 with the passage of the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal. This debt limit increased passed in the Senate on August 2, 2011 by a roll call vote of 74-26. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 8/2/2011
To Block Protecting Firearms Records from Abuse
This amendment proposed protecting firearm records requests from being abused by the PATRIOT Act. Pro-Second Amendment organizations, like the Gun Owners of America, are concerned that an anti-gun administration could take advantage of current procedures to go on a phishing expedition of records for law-abiding gun owners who successfully passed a background check. Senate Democrats moved to table this amendment to block it from receiving a vote on May 26, 2011 in a roll call vote of 85-10. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 0 5/27/2011
Balanced Budget Amendment
This non-binding resolution, sponsored by Senator Mike Lee, called for the Senate to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution in 2011. The resolution does not propose specific guidelines for but merely a balanced budget. The Senate rejected Lee's resolution on March 2, 2011 by a roll call vote of 58-40. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
0 0 3/3/2011
Pass Bills Without Reading
This resolution allowed for the Senate rules allowing for the reading of legislation on the Senate floor, to be waived. Resolutions like this are designed to reduce the amount of transparency during the legislative process and ultimately give the American public less time to weigh in with Senators on proposed legislation. The Senate agreed to pass this resolution on January 27, 2011 by a roll call vote of 85-15. VIEW ALL MEMBERS' VOTES
1 1 1/28/2011