Former Sen. John Kerry

Democrat  •  Massachusetts 5 Terms  •  Sworn In 1985
Last Term 2009 - 2013 View All

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  • Wcote21 03/06/2008 7:41am
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    What was Senator Kerrys vote on S.2248? The amendment to FISA 1978?

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    donnyshaw 03/06/2008 3:22pm

    If you click on the “See Full Voting History” button above, you will see that Kerry voted “nay” on final passage of the FISA bill. There were also a dozen or so votes on amendments to the bill before it s final passage — you can also see how he voted on each of those.

  • Anonymous 04/03/2008 8:19am

    Mr kerry please push for the unemployment insurance extension. Just yesterday 200 more citizens have lost their jobs due to a plant closing, the USA can’t wait until may june or july when the booster shot arrives the dissease is spreading fast..

  • Anonymous 04/06/2008 5:19am

    The only thing worse than Bush as president is this guy!!

  • Anonymous 04/09/2008 5:08am
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    This is to my true Pesident! John Kerry!

  • Anonymous 06/04/2008 10:30pm

    These are the comments by Edward Kennedy who introduced Senate Bill 2544 cosponsored by John Kerry as an EMERGENCY bill for the unemployed. NOTHING has been done on it since JANUARY!!!!
    Sen. Edward Kennedy [D-MA]: [Introducing S. 2544] Mr. President, it is clear that our economy is going from bad to worse. Every day the headlines bring more bad news. Fuel prices are going through the roof. Millions of families are at risk of losing their homes. Bankruptcies have risen by 40 percent in the last year alone.

    Most alarming, we are seeing a drastic rise in the number of Americans out of work. In December, half a million more Americans were unemployed than the month before. Today nearly 8 million Americans are looking for a job and can’t find one. The national unemployment rate has shot up to 5 percent—the biggest increase since the last recession. Experts say this number will rise well above 6 percent in 2009. Vulnerable parts of our population have been hit even harder—last month, 9 percent of African-American workers were unemployed, up sharply from 8.4 percent in November. Latino workers now have an unemployment rate of 6 percent.

    What’s more, we are seeing a large number of out-of-work Americans who still can’t find a new job months later. Nearly one out of five Americans who is looking for work has been out of a job for over 6 months—compared with roughly one out of ten in 2001, before the last recession. With only 4 million job openings and nearly 8 million unemployed Americans, there are two workers for every job. As unemployment rises, there will be even more workers competing for each job. As highlighted in yesterday’s front-page article in the Washington Post, this problem is affecting workers across our economy—even those with college educations and years of experience can’t find work.

    These aren’t just statistics. These numbers are coworkers, our relatives, our neighbors. For each and every one of those families, a pink slip can spell economic disaster.

    Losing a job isn’t just losing a paycheck—it can mean losing the results of years of hard work and sacrifice.

    For too many families, losing a job means losing health insurance. Without insurance, an unexpected hospital stay—from a broken leg or a cancer diagnosis—means certain financial disaster. Mr. President, 77 percent of middle class Americans do not have enough assets to pay essential expenses for 3 months. Without a paycheck, the rising price of daily necessities—housing, gasoline, and even groceries—becomes impossible to afford.

    Our unemployment insurance program is intended to help workers weather a job loss. Workers pay into the program throughout their careers. If they lose their jobs, they can collect a benefit while they look for work. The amounts are modest—typically less than half of a worker’s regular wages—but they help families to pay their rent, keep the house warm, and put food on the table.

    In good economic times, such benefits are enough to tide workers and their families over for the few weeks it takes to find a job. But these are not good times. It is taking longer and longer for unemployed Americans to find new work. Over 1.3 million Americans have been looking for a job for 6 months or more. As a result, an increasing number of workers have not found a new job by the time their unemployment benefits run out. Over the past year, over 2.6 million Americans—or 35 percent of all unemployed workers—have exhausted their unemployment benefits. Unless we respond soon, these and other families will be left in the cold.

    So we must act, and we must act now, to help these workers before financial disaster strikes. That is why I am introducing legislation today to give workers the help they need and have earned. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act will ensure that Americans who keep looking for work but can’t find a job after 6 months will be eligible for up to 20 weeks of additional benefits. In very high-unemployment States, workers could also receive up to 13 more weeks of benefits. Because out-of-work families are facing skyrocketing costs of gas, home heating, food, and housing, long-term unemployed workers will temporarily receive $50 extra each week to help pay their bills.

    Providing this extension is a matter of fairness. We owe it to all workers who have lost their jobs in this struggling economy to provide help while they look for new jobs. Out-of-work Americans have worked hard all their lives. They have paid into the unemployment insurance system with the promise they would receive its protection when our economy is in crisis. Part of the American Dream is the opportunity to work hard, provide for your family, put your children through school, and save for retirement. When the economy isn’t working the way it should and the jobs simply aren’t there, we must stick together. We must take care of those who can’t find a job.

    But there’s another major reason to act. Economists agree that extending unemployment benefits is a powerful, cost-effective way to deliver a boost to the economy. The extension of benefits puts money into the hands of those who need assistance the most and are most likely to spend it immediately on basic essentials. This means money is flowing immediately to local businesses, which will in turn provide a further economic boost.

    Indeed, according to a report by Mark Zandi of Moody’s, each dollar invested in benefits to out-of-work Americans leads to a $1.73 increase in growth—the most of any measure tested. That compares with only pennies on the dollar for cuts in income tax rates or cuts in taxes on investments.

    The Congressional Budget Office agrees. Its report last week on short-term economic stimulus found that extending unemployment benefits is among the most cost-effective, potent, temporary steps that Congress can take to jump-start our economy.

    This is a tried and true approach to helping working families in economic downturns. In each recession since the late 1950s, Congress has extended unemployment benefits to those who have exhausted their benefits and can’t find work. It has often done so by overwhelming, bipartisan votes. Layoffs don’t discriminate by party.

    Extending unemployment benefits is the right thing to do for the economy and the fair thing to do for workers. I urge my colleagues to join me in helping out-of-work Americans and putting our economy back on track.

    HELP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous 06/08/2008 1:58pm
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    Please HONOR Senator Kennedy by passing 2544!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • timhavens 04/01/2009 11:29am

    ‘The Massachusetts Democrat said the U.S. must “revive the ban on importing assault rifles into the United States,” which he attributed to the flood of weapons finding their way to Mexico.’ !

    Please explain how banning imports of assault rifles into the US will stem gun flow to Mexico?

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  • betterUSAlessgov 10/21/2009 5:09pm

    I have never been one to think government controls our lives until this moment. We the people of the United States of America have fought for freedom, our ancestors left a life without control, without freedom of religion, without freedom of speech, and taxes. What would they think now that our government is becoming more socialistic everyday? We built ourselves into a corner now that will take trillions of dollars to get us out. The health care reform will not help the average person. Myself for instance will be bearing an increase in my health insurance plan. If this bill passes I will be offered free health insurance right? WRONG. It’s not free with the $4,000.00 tax penalty at the end of the year. What is the point in spending more tax dollars with no benefit for the American people? We the people need to speak our voice because we do have an opinion and we do have control. After all our government works for us, we don’t work for our government.

  • LMSB 12/18/2009 12:14pm
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    Senater Kerry,
    Im watching you on c-span. You sir, are a knit wit. You are actually accusing the Reps of blocking what the Dum acrats are trying to ram through the senate…. a joke right? How can you expect anyone to vote on something thats not EVEN complete??!!!! Totally unheared of. May this be YOUR last term in any form of government.
    The only distortion being brought out IS what the Dum acrats are selling. You should be ashammed of yourself as well.
    Thank GOD, yes GOD, you lost the presidential election, or we’d be a socialist country already

  • omegaclass 12/20/2009 7:35am
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    it’s time to get all new representatives, they are all dirty, all on the take and drunk on the rich man’s money. a drunk sailor is more conservative then these guys.

    it is my opinion that we need to put a stop to career politicians they go into office with good intentions and leave corrupt, bank accounts full and us (the common man) a lot poorer then the year before.

    Ladies and Gentleman i know what you are thinking; “no my guy is honest, good and pure as the Antarctic wind drive show” NOT SO! our representatives are like children with their dad’s cell phone and when dad get the bill he is angry because there isn’t the money in the budget to pay the bills. so the family eats macaroni and cheese for the next three months.

    Listen to reason my friends, if we keep doing what we have been doing we are going to keep getting we have been getting. TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE.

  • fortermlimits 12/24/2009 5:59pm

    this guy is a total loser

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  • JeffreyAnderson 02/18/2010 3:37am
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    Mr. Kerry, thank you for signing on to the Public Option by Reconciliation petition.

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  • jabariabramson 05/01/2010 12:14pm

    So how’s that Skully, Bonsey thing workin out for you and Bush?

    STOP WITH THE NATIONAL ID, we do not need another Federal program burdening the taxes already imposed on Americans. Just fix the system we already have in place.

  • Revolution 06/28/2010 7:45pm

    Slap Scott Brown upside the head and try to knock some sense into his tiny brain. He is a complete moron…the unemployment assistance needs to get passed NOW!! Brown will be unemployed soon along with his circus/republican friends.

  • pelmof 06/29/2010 4:57am
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    Dear Senator Kerry,
    S.3520 needs to be passed immediately. There are 15 million Americans who are “unemployed through no fault of their own,” and who are also frantically attempting to find new jobs that do not exist. The majority of these 15 million have a family dependent upon their income, so that increases the number to possibly 30 or even 45 million Americans who are in imminent danger of losing everything. When this happens, the financial and moral ramifications for this country will be dire indeed. I’ll say it again— S.3520 needs to be passed immediately! Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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