2013 Senate Votes

 and your senators’ votes on those issues

Excluded from this list are most votes on procedural issues and most attempts to amend a bill. By including the vote number, however, we hope you will see that we have included nearly all record votes, and every vote for final passage of legislation or the confirmation of a presidential nominee.

28-Jan — Passed H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 to increase and streamline disaster aid in wake of Hurricane Sandy. Passed 62-36, with both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting no. Roll Call vote No. 4

29-Jan — Confirmed President Obama’s nomination of John Kerry as Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton. Passed 94-3, with both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting yes. Roll call vote No. 5

31-Jan — Passed HR 325, a bill to continue funding the government until May 19, 2013. Passed 64-34, with both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting against passage. Roll call vote No. 11

13-Feb — Passed S. 47 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Passed 78-22, with Sen. Johanns voting against re-authorization and Sen. Fischer voting for re-authorization. Roll Call Vote No. 19

13-Feb — Confirmed William J. Kayatta Jr. as a federal circuit court judge. Confirmed 88-12, with the support of both Sens. Johanns and Fischer. Roll Call Vote 20

25-Feb — Confirmed Robert E. Bacharach as a federal circuit court judge. Confirmed 93-0 with the support of Sens. Johanns and Fischer. Roll Call Vote 22

26-Feb — Confirmed former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. Confirmed 58-41, with Sen. Johanns supporting Hagel and Sen. Fischer voting against his confirmation. Roll Call Vote 24

27-Feb — Confirmed Jacob J. “Jack” Lew as secretary of the treasury. Confirmed 71-26, with Sen. Johanns’ support. Sen. Fischer voted no. Roll Call Vote No. 25

28-Feb — Confirmed Katherine Polk Failla as a federal district judge. Confirmed 91-0 with the support of Sens. Johanns and Fischer. Roll Call Vote No. 28

07-Mar — Confirmed John O. Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Confirmed 63-34, with both Sens. Fischer and Johanns voting against Brennan. Roll Call Vote No. 32

11-Mar — Confirmed Richard Gary Taranto as federal circuit court judge. Confirmed 91-0, with the support of both Sens. Johanns and Fischer. Roll Call Vote No. 34

20-March — Passed H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Appropriations Act of 2013, 2013. Passed 73-26, with Sen. Johanns voting for passage and Sen. Fischer voting against. Roll call cote No. 44.

18-April — Confirmed Derrick K. Watson of to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Eighth Circuit. The vote was 94-0, and both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for confirmation. Roll call vote 106.

24-April — Confirmed Jane Kelly to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Eighth Circuit on a vote of 96-0. Johanns and Fischer voted for her confirmation. Roll call vote 108.

24-April — Confirmed Sylvia Matthews Burwell to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, on a vote of 96-0. Both Johanns and Fischer voted for her confirmation. Record vote No. 109.

06-May — Passed S. 743, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 to enforce an Internet sales tax requiring large online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes. Passed 69-27 with the support of both Sens. Fischer and Johanns. Now pending action in the House of Representatives. Record vote No. 113.

07-May — Confirmed David Medine as chair of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The vote was 53-45, and both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted against confirmation.

09-May — Confirmed Nelson S. Roman as a U.S. District Judge, 97-0. Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for confirmation. Roll call vote 118.

15-May —  Passed S. 601, the Water Resource Development Act of 2013,  catch-all funding legislation for water projects such as levees, dams and port dredging. Passed on a vote of 83-14, with both Johanns and Fischer voting yes.

15-May — Confirmed William H. Orrick III as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California. The vote was 56-41, with both Sens. Fischer and Johanns voting against confirmation. Roll call vote 125.

15-May — Confirmed Marilyn B. Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She was a confirmed on a vote of 91-7, with both Johanns and Fischer voting yes. Record vote 126.

16-May — Confirmed Ernest J. Moniz as Secretary of Energy on a vote of 97-0. Both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for Moniz. Record vote 127.

20-May — Confirmed Sheri Polster Chappell as a U.S. District Judge on a vote of 90-0. Both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for confirmation. Roll call vote 128.

22-May — Agreed to S. Resolution 65 supporting implementation of American and international sanctions against Iran. The vote was 99-0, with Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting yes. Roll call vote 133.

23-May — Confirmed Srikanth Srinivasan as a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the D.C. Circuit by a vote of 97-0.  Both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for confirmation. Roll call vote 136.

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10-June — Passed S. 954, the Farm Bill. Formally known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, it is a five-year re-authorization of farm conservation and nutrition programs. Adopted 66-27 with the support of both Nebraska Sens. Deb Fischer and Johanns.

During two weeks of consideration in the Senate, more than 200 amendments were offered on the bill. The bill passed by the Senate would cost about $18 billion less than the 2008 farm bill. It cuts $4 billion in food aid to America’s poor and converts the system of direct payments to farmer and landowners with insurance-like programs. More specifically, it would:

  • Change eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to require that recipients also  receive at least $10 a month from a heating assistance program. This is expected to save $4 billion a year.
  • Cuts $5 billion a year in direct payments to farmers and landowners. That money would be used to create insurance-like plans and other price controls intended to shield farmers from drops in market prices.
  • Reduce support for farmers earning more than $750,000 a year.
  • Requires farmers using subsidized insurance programs to meet soil and water conservation requirements.
  • Replaces dairy price supports with insurance and a supply management program to avoid surpluses.
  • Provide ultra high-speed broadband internet service in a rural pilot program.

The current Farm Bill expired Sept. 30. Conferees are still trying to hammer out wide differences between the Senate bill and the Farm bill passed by the House. The earliest a new Farm Bill will be passed is January 2014.

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13-June — Confirmed Jeffrey L. Schmehl as a U.S. District Court Judge, with the support of Sens. Fischer and Johanns, 100-0. Roll call vote 149.

17-June — Confirmed Kenneth J. Gonzales to be a U.S. District Court Judge on a vote of 89-0. Both Fischer and Johanns voted for confirmation. Roll call vote 150.

17-June — Approved by unanimous consent S. 330, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act. It was approved by the House Nov. 12 on a voice vote and now awaits the president’s signature.

19-June — Confirmed Michael Froman to be U.S. Trade Representative. He was confirmed 93-4, with both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting for his confirmation.

25-June — Confirmed Penny Pritzker as Secretary of Commerce, 97-1. Both Johanns and Fischer voted for her confirmation. Record vote 161.

27-June — Confirmed Anthony R. Foxx as Secretary of Transportation on a unanimous, 100-0 vote. Record vote 165, with the support of Johanns and Fischer.

27-June — Passed the Immigration Act. Formally known as S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, it passed on a mostly party line vote, 68-32. Both Nebraska senators, Deb Fischer and Mike Johanns voted against immigration reform. Roll call vote 168. The issue now awaits action in the House.

8-Jul — Confirmed Gregory A. Phillips as U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Tenth Circuit on a vote of 88-0. Johanns and Fischer voted for his confirmation. Roll call vote 169.

9-Jul — Confirmed Jennifer A Dorsey as U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nevada on a 54-41 vote. Johanns and Fischer voted against confirmation. Roll call vote 170.

16-Jul — Confirmed Richard Cordray as director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection on a 66-34 vote. Both Johanns and Fischer voted against Cordray. Record vote 174.  This ends the GOP’s two-year battle to prevent President Obama from filling this consumer protection post.

17-Jul — Confirmed Fred P. Hochberg as president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank on a vote of 87-12. Nebraska Sens. Fischer and Johanns voted for his confirmation. Record vote 176.

18-Jul — Confirmed Thomas E. Perez as Secretary of Labor on a straight party-line vote, 54-46. Both Nebraska Sens. Fischer and Johanns voted against Perez, who formerly was the assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Record vote 178.

18-Jul — Confirmed Regina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on a vote of 50-49. Both Nebraska senators, Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voted against McCarthyShe previously served as head of the EPA’s air and radiation office. Roll call vote 180.

24-Jul –Passed H.R. 1911, amending the Higher Education Act of 1965 to set interest rates on student loans made after July 1, 2013; to create an advisory panel to the Secretary of Treasury to study post-secondary education transparency.  Passed 81-18 with the support of Sens. Johanns and Fischer. Roll call vote 185.

25-Jul — Confirmed Derek A. West as associate U.S. attorney general. Approved 98-1, with the support of Johanns and Fischer. Record vote 186.

29-Jul — Confirmed James B. Comey Jr. as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, by a margin of 93-1. Both Johanns and Fischer voted for his confirmation. Record vote 188.

30-Jul — Confirmed Kent Hirozawa, Nancy Schiffer and Mark Pearce as members of the National Labor Relations Board. Separate votes were held for each of the three; Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted against all three. Record votes 194, 192, 190.

31-Jul — Confirmed Byron T. Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Jones was confirmed on a  largely party line vote of 53-42, with both Fischer and Johanns voting against him. Record vote 197.

01-Aug — Confirmed Samantha Power as U.S. Trade Representative to the United Nations, 87-10, with both Nebraska Sens. Fischer and Johanns voting for her confirmation. Record vote 200.

01-Aug — Confirmed Raymond T. Chen as U.S. Circuit Judge, 97-0. Both Fischer and Johanns voted for his confirmation. Record Vote 198.

09-Sept — Confirmed Valerie E. Caproni as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. She was confirmed on a vote of 73-24, with the support of both Sens. Johanns and Fischer. Record Vote 201.

12-Sept — On a voice vote, confirmed Victoria Nuland as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.

17-Sept — Confirmed Elaine D. Kaplan as a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Confirmed 64-35, with both Nebraska Sens. Fischer and Johanns voting against Kaplan. Record vote 202.

24-Sept — Confirmed Todd M. Hughes as a federal circuit court judge for the federal circuit on a vote of 98-0. Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for Hughes’ confirmation. Record vote 204.

25-Sept — Motion to invoke cloture and proceed to H.J. Res. 59, approved 100-0. Invoking cloture closes the window for procedural maneuvers to prevent the Senate from voting on H.J. Res. 59, which would continue funding the federal government after the close of the current fiscal year Sept. 30. H.J. Res. has already passed the House, but would return to the House for a second vote if the Senate changes the bill by restoring funding to the Affordable Care Act.

30-Sept — As expected,  the Senate voted along strict party lines to table (kill) the two amendments added by the House during the weekend to H.J. Res. 59. The vote was 54-46, with GOP Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting against the action. H.J. Res 59, which provides the money to keep the government operating until Dec. 15, now returns to the House for further action.

Oct. 4 –Adopted an amended version of H.R. 1848, the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013, by unanimous consent. It passed the House July 16 on a vote of 411-0, with the support of Nebraska Reps. Terry, Smith and Fortenberry. The amended version was approved by the House without objection on Nov. 14, and it was presented for the president’s signature Nov. 21.

08-Oct — Confirmed Colin S. Bruce as a U.S. District Judge on a 96-0 vote. Nebraska Sens. Fischer and Johanns voted to confirm Bruce.

14-Oct — Confirmed Madeline Hughes Haikala as a U.S. District judge in Alabama. The vote was 90-10, with 10 members not voting. Sens. Johanns and Fischer both voted to confirm Haikala.

16-Oct — On Day 16 of the government shutdown, the Senate passed H.R. 2775, a temporary spending measure that both reopened the government and increased the debt ceiling. Passed the Senate 81-18, with the support of Fischer and Johanns. It passed the House the same day and was signed by President Obama early on Oct. 17.

28-Oct — Passed by unanimous consent S. 893, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013. It was passed in the House on Nov. 11 on a voice vote. Now pending the president’s signature.

29-October — Confirmed Richard F. Griffin Jr. for a four-year term as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was 55-45, with both Nebraska Sens. Fischer and Johanns voting against the confirmation.  (Roll call vote 222.) Also confirmed Oct. 29 were Thomas E. Wheeler and Michael P. O’Rielly to terms on the Federal Communications Commission.

Also passed two largely ceremonial resolutions. S. Res.254, sponsored by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo), designates Nov. 2, 2013, as National Bison Day. S. Res. 276, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore), designates the month of October 2013 the “National Work and Family Month.”

30-Oct — Confirmed Katherine Archuleta as director of the Office of Personnel Management. Approved 62-35, with the support of both Fischer and Johanns. Roll call vote 225.

30-Oct — Passed H.R. 3190, the U.S. Parole Commission Extension Act of 2013 by unanimous consent. It passed the House on Oct. 14 without objection, and was signed by the president Oct. 31.

31-Oct — H.R. 3302, an Act to rename the Veterans Affairs medical center in Bay Pines, Fla., the C.W. Bill Young Department of Medical Affairs Medical Center. Passed the House Oct. 22 on a voice vote; passed the Senate Oct. 31 by unanimous consent. Signed by the president Nov. 13. Charles William “Bill” Nelson was a member of the House of Representatives from Florida from 1971 until his death Oct. 18, 2013. He was the longest serving Republican member of the House.

31-Oct — H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act passed the Senate by unanimous consent. It was passed by the House on a voice vote Oct. 22, and signed into law by President Obama on Nov. 13.

4-Nov — Confirmed Debra M. Brown as a U.S. District Judge in Mississippi. The vote was 90-0, with both Sens. Fischer and Johanns voting aye. Roll call vote 228.

4-Nov — Motion to invoke cloture and proceed to discussion of S. 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Passed 61-30. Nebraska Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voted no. Roll call vote 229.

5-Nov — Approved by unanimous consent H.R. 2747, the Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act. It was approved in the House Sept. 10 on a vote of 396-10, with the support of Nebraska Reps. Fortenberry, Smith and Terry. Now pending the president’s signature.

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12-Nov — Senate Republicans blocked another of President Obama’s nominees to be a federal circuit judge on the D.C. Circuit, Nina Pillard. Sixty votes were needed to remove a procedural barrier (cloture) and take up the nomination. It failed 56-41, with Sen. Deb Fischer voting against Pillard. Mike Johanns did  not vote. Roll call vote 233.

18-Nov. — The nomination of Robert L. Wilkins to the DC Circuit was blocked by Senate Republicans.  Sixty votes were required to end debate and bring Wilkins’ nomination up for a vote. The motion to invoke cloture failed 53-39. Nebraska Sens. Deb Fischer and Mike Johanns both voted no. Roll call vote 235.

The D.C. Circuit Court has three vacancies. Republicans say the court does not have enough of a workload to support three more judges, which is the same reason Democrats gave in 2005 when they blocked some of President George W. Bush’s nominees to the same court. Negotiations among some of the Senate’s more moderate members ended that standoff, and some Bush appointees were confirmed.

The D.C. Circuit court it is one of the most powerful in the country because it often rules often rules on regulatory disputes between the federal government and business, and because new members of the U.S. Supreme Court have often been selected from the D.C. Circuit Court. Four of the nine current members of the Supreme Court served on the DC Circuit.

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18-Nov — H.R. 3204, to amend the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to increase security in the supply chain of human drugs by tightening regulation of drug compounding facilities, passed the Senate on a voice vote. It passed the House by a voice vote Sept. 28, and was presented to the president for his signature.

18-Nov — S. 1545, the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, which extends a federal program to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria worldwide. It passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Nov. 18, passed the House on a voice vote on Nov. 19, and was presented to the president Nov. 21.

21-Nov. — S. 381, a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders for outstanding heroism, valor and service. The measure was adopted by the Senate by unanimous consent. In 1942, Gen. Doolittle led a successful bombing raid on Tokyo that was a pivotal early morale booster for civilians and non-civilians alike. There are five surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders. Now pending in the House.

10-Dec. — Confirmed Patricia Ann Millett as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the D.C. Circuit on a vote of 56-38, with Sens. Fischer and Johanns voting against. Roll call vote 247.

10-Dec. — Confirmed Rep. Mel Watt as director of the federal Housing Finance Authority by a vote of 57-41. Sens. Fischer and Johanns voted against Watt. Roll call vote  252.

12-Dec. — Confirmed Cornelia “Nina” Pillard as a federal circuit judge for the D.C. Circuit on a vote of 51-44, with both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting against Pillard. Roll call vote 256.

12-Dec. — Confirmed Chai Rachel Feldblum as a member of the Equal Opportunity Commission on a vote of  64-41, with Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting against her. Roll call vote 258.

12-Dec. — Confirmed Elizabeth A. Wolford as U.S. District judge in New York on a vote of 70-27. Sens. Fischer and Johanns voted against her confirmation. Roll call vote 260.

12-Dec. — Confirmed Landya B. McCafferty to be a federal district judge in New Hampshire, 79-19, with both Nebraska Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voting against confirmation. Roll call vote 262.

12-Dec. — Confirmed Patricia M. Wald as a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board by a vote of 57-41. Nebraska Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voted against Wald. Roll call vote 264.

12-Dec. — Confirmed Brian Morris as a federal District Judge in Montana on a 75-20 vote. Both Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voted against Morris. Roll call vote 266.

12-Dec. — Confirmed Susan P. Watters to be a federal district judge in Montana on a 77-19 vote. Both Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voted against Watters. Roll call vote 268.

13-Dec. — Confirmed Deborah Lee James as secretary of the Air Force on a 79-6 vote. Roll call vote 270. Both Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voted against James. The other four voting against James were Sens. McCain of Arizona, Vitter of Louisiana, Roberts of Kansas, and Risch of Idaho.

13-Dec. — Confirmed Heather Anne Higginbotham as deputy secretary of state for Management and Resources 74-17. Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for Higginbotham. Roll call vote 272.

16-Dec — Confirmed Anne W. Patterson as assistant Secretary of State on  a vote of 78-16. Sen. Fischer voted for Patterson, Sen. Johanns voted against Patterson. Roll call vote 274.

16-Dec. — Confirmed Jeh C. Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security on a 78-16 vote. Sen. Johanns voted for Johnson; Sen. Johanns voted against Johnson. Roll call vote 276.

17-Dec. — Passed H.R. 3588, the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013, by unanimous consent. It passed the House on Dec. 12 by a vote of 384-0, with the support of Nebraska’s three members of Congress, and was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2013.

17-Dec. — Passed H.R. 2251 which designates the federal courthouse in Sherman, Texas, as the Paul Brown United States Courthouse, by unanimous consent. It passed the House on Oct. 22 by a vote of 416-4, with the support of Reps. Fortenberry, Terry and Smith, and was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2013.

18-Dec — Passed H.R. 1402, the VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2013, by unanimous consent. It passed the House on Dec. 10 by a vote of 353-0, with the support of Reps. Terry, Smith and Fortenberry. It was signed by the president Dec. 20, 2013. Allocates a total $10 million to support disabled veterans and U.S. Paralympics Inc., which holds athletic events for disabled people.

18-Dec –Adopted H.J. Res. 59, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, also known as the Ryan-Murray budget, on a vote of 64-36. Nebraska Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted against the budget agreement. Roll call vote 281.

19-Dec — Passed H.R. 3304, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. it passed the House on a voice vote Oct 28, it was  amended by the Senate and passed by unanimous consent on Nov. 19. Differences were resolved and H.R. 3304 passed 84-15, with the support of both Nebraska Sens. Fischer and Johanns. Roll call vote 284. Signed into law by the  president on Dec. 26, 2013.

19-Dec. — Confirmed Alejandro N. Mayorkas as deputy secretary of Homeland Security, on a vote of  54-41. Sen. Fischer voted against Mayorkas; Sen. Johanns did not vote. Roll call vote 286.

19-Dec. — Confirmed John A. Koskinen as commissioner of the Internal Revenue on a vote of 59-36. Sen. Fischer voted against Koskinen; Sen. Johanns did not vote. Roll call vote 288.

20-Dec. — Confirmed Brian J. Davis to be a U.S. District Judge in Florida on a vote of 68-27. Sen. Fischer voted against Davis. Sen. Johanns did not vote. Roll call vote 290.

20-Dec. — Motion to invoke cloture (close debate) on the nomination of Janet Yellen as chairman of the Board to Governors of the Federal Reserve System, replacing Ben Bernanke. Sen. Fischer voted against Yellen; Sen. Johanns did not vote. Roll call vote 291. A confirmation vote on Yellen will be held in January 2014.

20-Dec — Passed H.R. 3487, an act extending the Federal Election Commission’s authority to levy fines for violations of federal campaign finance laws. It passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Dec. 20 after being passed in the House on a voice vote Nov. 18, and was signed into law Dec. 26, 2013.

20-Dec — Passed H.R. 623, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act by unanimous consent. It passed he House Oct. 29 on a voice vote, and was signed into law by the president on Dec. 26, 2013. Transfers real estate in Anchorage from the federal government to the health consortium.

20-Dec. — Passed H.R. 767, an act to amend the Energy Policy Act to relocate a pair of pilot project offices in Wyoming and Montana to other cities within those states. Passed the House on a vote of 415-1 on May 15, and the Senate on Dec. 20 by unanimous consent. Nebraska Reps. Terry, Fortenberry and Smith supported the legislation. It was signed into law Dec. 26, 2013.

20-Dec — Passed H.R. 2319, the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Establishment Act of  2013, by unanimous consent. It passed the House on Dec. 11 by a vote of 390-0 (roll call vote 633), with the support of Reps. Terry, Smith and Fortenberry, and was signed into law Dec. 26, 2013.

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