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Bernie Sanders' Voting Records on Issue: Criminal Justice

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Vote Smart provides easy access to congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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National Key Votes

Bill No. PN 79-4
Outcome Passage - Nomination Confirmed - Senate (51 - 49)
Date 04/21/2021
Bill No. PN 526
Outcome Confirmation Vote - Senate (52 - 45)
Date 05/16/2019
Bill No. S 756
Outcome Concurrence Vote With Amendment - Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
Date 12/18/2018
Bill No. HR 1865
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2)
Date 03/21/2018
Bill No. S 139
Outcome Concurrence Vote - Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Date 01/18/2018
Bill No. S 2193
Outcome Cloture Vote - Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 42)
Date 07/06/2016
Bill No. S 2146
Outcome Cloture Vote - Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 45)
Date 10/20/2015
Bill No. S 1752
Outcome Cloture Vote - Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 45)
Date 03/06/2014
Bill No. S 47
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 22)
Date 02/12/2013
Bill No. S 47
Outcome Introduced - Senate
Date 01/22/2013
Bill No. S Amdt 2955
Outcome Passage - Amendment Adopted - Senate (85 - 11)
Date 11/28/2012
Bill No. S 1925
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31)
Date 04/26/2012
Bill No. S 2038
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3)
Date 02/02/2012
Bill No. S 3991
Outcome Cloture Vote - Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 43)
Date 12/08/2010
Bill No. S Amdt 4309
Outcome Tabling Vote - Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 40)
Date 03/13/2008
Bill No. PN 958
Outcome Confirmation Vote - Nomination Confirmed - Senate (53 - 40)
Date 11/08/2007
Bill No. HR 3093
Outcome Passage With Amendment - Bill Passed - Senate (75 - 19)
Date 10/16/2007
Bill No. S 1639
Outcome Cloture Vote - Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (46 - 53)
Date 06/28/2007
Bill No. S J Res 14
Outcome Cloture Vote - Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 38)
Date 06/11/2007
Bill No. S Amdt 1184
Outcome Amendment Vote - Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 51)
Date 06/06/2007
Bill No. S Amdt 1250
Outcome Amendment Vote - Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 39)
Date 06/06/2007
Bill No. S Amdt 1333
Outcome Amendment Vote - Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 32)
Date 06/06/2007
Bill No. S 214
Outcome Passage With Amendment - Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 2)
Date 03/20/2007
Bill No. HR 6095
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - House (277 - 140)
Date 09/21/2006
Bill No. HR 5672
Outcome Passage - Bill Passed - House (393 - 23)
Date 06/29/2006
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