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Tuesday October 21, 2014

A look at Sen. Angus King's voting record

Senators have cast 200 "roll call" votes since January. The 25 votes featured here are major policy matters or high-profile issues ranging from gun control and immigration to the Keystone XL pipeline. Seven senators, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins, were selected as comparisons to King, based on their roles or political leanings. As party "whips," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, often represent their party's stance on an issue. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., hold leadership positions.. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is a freshman regarded as more liberal than King, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the Senate's other independent.

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The first of two resolutions to reform the filibuster by expediting votes on nominees, reducing opportunities to filibuster a bill and making it easier to hold a "conference" on bill. Passed 78-16.YYYYYYNY
The second of two resolutions to reform the filibuster by expediting votes on nominees, reducing opportunities to filibuster a bill and making it easier to hold a "conference" on bill. Passed 86-9.YYYYYYNY
Confirmation of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as Secretary of State. Confirmed by a vote of 94-3.YYYNYYYY
A bill to extend the debt ceiling deadline by three months and to pass the "No Budget, No Pay," which withholds the paychecks of members of Congress unless they pass a budget. Passed 64-34YYYNYYYN
A bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. Passed 78-22.YYYNYYYN
Confirmation of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Confirmed by a vote of 58-41. YYNNYYYN
An amendment to transfer money from the National Heritage Partnership Program to continue offering public tours of the White House and visitor services and maintenance at national parks and monuments despite sequestration budget cuts. Failed 45-54.YNYYNNNY
A "continuing resolution" to fund government operations through Sept. 30, 2013, avoiding a government shutdown and softening the "sequestration" budget cuts on some agencies, such as the Defense Department. Passed 73-26.YYYYYYYY
A non-binding budget amendment to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Failed 45-54.NNYYNNNY
A non-binding budget amendment urging approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Passed. 62-37.NNYYNNNY
The Senate budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014. Passed 50-49.YYNNYYYN
Gun vote #1: A procedural vote to allow the Senate to begin consideration of a package of gun control and gun safety measures. Passed 68-31.YYYNYYYN
Gun vote #2: A bipartisan amendment (the Manchin-Toomey amendment) to require background checks prior to private, person-to-person gun sales occuring at a gun show or after the sale was advertised in print or online. Failed 54-46 (60 votes needed).YYYNYYYN
Gun vote #3: An amendment to strengthen federal penalties against gun trafficking and straw purchaseses of firearms. Failed 58-42 (60 votes needed).YYYNYYYN
Gun vote #4: An amendment to ban military-style assault weapons. Failed 40-60 (60 votes needed).NYNNYYYN
Gun vote #5: An amendment to ban large-capacity ammunition magazines. Failed 46-54 (60 votes needed).YYNNYYYN
A bill, the Marketplace Fairness Act, that would allow states to collect sales taxes on purchases from online retailers. Passed 69-27.YYYDNVYYYN
A non-binding Senate resolution supporting the full implementation of sanctions against Iran. Passed 99-0.YYYYYYYY
An amendment permitting states to require labels on any food or beverage containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Failed 27-71.YNNNYNYN
The Senate Farm Bill, authorizing $955 billion in multi-year funding for agricultural and nutrition programs, including food stamps. Passed 66-27.YYYNYYYN
A bipartisan immigration reform proposal to: provide a "pathway to citizenship" for illegal immigrants presently in the country, expand visas for high-skilled or temporary workers, hire an additional 20,000 border patrol agents and build 700 miles of fencing along the southern border. Passed 68-32.YYYNYYYN
Student loans vote #1: An amendment to cap interest rates on federally backed student loans. Failed 46-53.NYNNYYYN
Student loans vote #2: An amendment to sunset the bipartisan reform bill in two years. Failed 34-65.NNNNYYYN
Student loans vote #3: A bipartisan bill (co-written by King) to tie student loan interest rates to 10-year Treasury note rates, rather than allowing Congress to set them. Passed 81-18.YYYYYNNY
Procedural vote to move forward with consideration of the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development spending bill. Failed 54-43 (60 votes needed).YYYNYYYN
SOURCE: Clerk of the Senate | INTERACTIVE: T.E.D. Andrick