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List of tie-breaking votes cast by vice presidents of the United States

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The Vice President of the United States is the ex officio President of the Senate, as provided in Article I, Section 3, Clause 4, of the United States Constitution, but may only vote in order to break a tie.[1] According to the U.S. Senate, as of December 21, 2018, a tie-breaking vote had been cast 268 times by 36 vice presidents.[2]

The following is the list of tie-breaking votes cast by vice presidents of the United States.

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I’m Mr. Beat, and sometimes it seems that Vice Presidents just don’t get any love, they don’t get any respect. Kimmel: When your Vice President, Dick Cheney. When he shot that guy in the face. (laughter) How did he tell you? Did he call you? Did he come in and close the door? Well every time Cheney would come in a lot of people would yell "duck!" (laughter) Hahahahaha. Yep, they’re always the butt of a joke. The U.S. Constitution says the Vice President has two main jobs. To cast a vote in the Senate to break a 50-50 tie, which has actually been happening more and more lately, and to certify the official vote count for the Electoral College. Biden: Of the 115th Congress, the Chair declares the joint session dissolved. That’s it. Sure, the Vice President is first line to be President if the President dies, but there’s really just an 18% chance of that happening if you look at all of American history. 18%. That seems a little high? And sure, the Vice President often is involved with a lot of diplomatic work or helps the President with certain projects or issues, but in those cases he is working FOR the President, not independent of him. But the Vice President position wasn’t even required until the 25th Amendment was ratified in 1967. That means, before then, if the Vice President died while in office, he didn’t have to be replaced! Oh and before that, it wasn’t 100 percent clear the Vice President could take the President’s job if HE died, he just sort of did anyway. Thanks John Tyler. Speaking of John Tyler, he did not make this list. Here are the top 5 Vice Presidents in American History, in my opinion. This is yet another opinion video. I apologize for that. This time, I better reveal that I am judging them based on their actions over their entire adult lives, not just during their time as Veep. Also, Vice Presidents who also later became President are exempt from this list. This is probably a good time to mention that this video is made in conjunction with Mr. Betts. He just released a video counting down his top 5 Presidents who took over not getting elected, but because the previous President died and they were the Veep, so that's how they took over. Be sure to check out that video after this one is over. Not right now. No no no, please Please stick around for this video. Watch his video...AFTER. Ok? Don't leave. Ok, so here are my top 5 Vice Presidents in American history. #5 - Walter Mondale Mondale, who is still alive and kicking, served as Vice President with President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. While many historians say Carter was a fairly weak President, at the same time many historians say Mondale was one of the better Vice Presidents the U.S. has ever had. He certainly brought a lot more power to the position. Unlike any Veep before, he had a much more hands-on approach within the Carter administration. Even if I don’t agree with all of Mondale’s political views, I’ve always admired his dedication and life-long service to the country. The son of a music teacher and minister. He joined the Army during the Korean War to pay for law school. He later became the Attorney General of Minnesota. While in that position he fought for Gideon and others to have the right to a lawyer in the famous case Gideon v. Wainwright. He then went on to represent his state in the U.S. Senate for 12 years. As a Senator, he was known as a champion for civil rights, and one of his biggest accomplishments was helping get the Fair Housing Act passed. He was a Democrat, but rarely shied away from working with and compromising with Republicans while in office. He ran for President in 1984 against the very popular Ronald Reagan, and sure, got his butt kicked, but it was pretty cool how he was the first to candidate for a major political party to have a female candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, run with him. She would have been the first female Vice President in American history had they won. Overall, he’s a nice guy whose heart always seemed to be in the right place. #4- Henry Wilson The Vice President from 1873 to 1875 and who served with President Ulysses Grant. Radical Republican, a dude way way ahead of his time. It seemed he was fighting for African American rights and worker rights back before anyone was. He helped start the Free Soil Party, a political party literally started to stop the expansion of slavery. I’d argue that no one fought Slave Power more than Wilson. Later a Republican, he was a Senator for his home state of Massachusetts for 18 years. As Senator, two different members of Congress challenged him to a duel but he politely declined them. One of them was Preston Brooks, the dude who beat Charles Sumner almost to death with a cane on the Senate floor. After Wilson called the caning “brutal, murderous, and cowardly,” which was factually accurate I might add, Brooks then challenged Wilson to a duel. After Wilson declined the duel, he told journalists "I have sought no controversy, and I seek none, but I shall go where duty requires, uninfluenced by threats of any kind.” What a dignified son of a gun. Also, he was really in tune with his constituents. He constantly traveled around his home state to stay in close touch with their opinions, always taking polls, and long before Gallup existed. And he was intelligent. He was more about his principles than following any group, and so sometime was at odds with his own political party. #3- William Wheeler Well hey, he was the Vice President after Wilson. Great job, 1870s! Too bad your ACTUAL presidents weren’t as good as your VPs were. Yeah Wheeler was Veep with President Rutherford Hayes from 1877 to 1881. Man did Wheeler have integrity, and the dude was one of the most honest politicians in the history of country. He was modest, thoughtful, and did not make rash decisions- he was careful to get all sides of an issue before making a decision. He represented various district in New York in Congress for 10 years, off and on, before becoming one of the most obscure Vice President nominees ever in the crazy election of 1876. While in Congress, he was another huge advocate for civil rights. When Congress voted to give itself a pay raise, he voted to not give himself one in protest. He was low-key. He did more listening than speaking. But when he spoke, he made an impact. He had the best words. Here’s a sample: "[W]e owe it to the cause of universal civil liberty, we owe it to the struggling liberalism of the old world,...that every man...of whatever race or color, or however poor, helpless, or lowly he may be, in virtue of his manhood, is entitled to the full employment of every right appertaining to the most exalted citizenship." He got along with everyone, but that didn’t mean he was easily influenced. And so morally sound, he even turned down taxpayer money to build a post office in his hometown because he didn’t want it to be seen as special treatment. #2 - George Clinton No no no, not THAT George Clinton. Yes, that George Clinton. Man, we always get those two confused now, don’t we? Not only was Clinton one of only two Vice Presidents to serve in two different administrations, he also was the first governor of New York, serving a total of 21 years. Woahness. 21 years?!? Yes, 21 years! The 2nd-longest tenure in American history. And he was also a, I don’t know, Founding Freaking Father. He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, was actually governor during the American Revolution, even leading forces in the war while he was governor. After the war, as the new country suffered from some growing pains, Clinton originally supported Alexander Hamilton’s calls for a stronger national government, but after Hamilton and his supporters called for tariffs, he turned against them. He wasn’t stupid. He knew that tariffs would greatly hurt New York’s economy. Later, he became a full-on Anti-Federalist, speaking out against the Constitution after the Constitutional Convention. With his help, the Framers added the Bill of Rights in 1791 to weakened the federal government. So thank you George for the Bill of Rights. Thank you. Sure, he didn’t do much as Vice President for both President Thomas Jefferson and later President James Madison, but most Veeps didn’t for reasons I stated earlier. The fact is, many Americans really wanted George Clinton to be President due to his legendary status as an important early figure in American history. That legendary status got him a few electoral votes in those early Presidential elections. A reminder that I have a series covering ever Presidential election in American history. Check 'em out! #1- Henry Wallace What? Two Henrys on this list! Oh Henry! Henry Wallace was President Franklin Roosevelt’s Vice President from 1941 to 1945, during the World War Two years. But it’s not that war that he is known for. Actually, hardly anyone knows about him period, so here are some highlights. For starters, he hung out with George Washington Carver as a kid, so that’s cool. He grew up in Iowa, went to Iowa State, where he studied animal breeding and care. He mixed his passion for statistics and science with agriculture, writing about his findings and later founding a company called the Hi-Bred Corn Company, which eventually made him filthy rich. He followed in his father’s footsteps after Franklin Roosevelt appointed him Secretary of Agriculture in 1933. Some say he was one the smartest the US ever had in that position, despite the fact that he told farmers to destroy their crops and kill their pigs to raise prices and get them out of the Depression. Don’t worry, though, much of those pigs were given to the poor so they could eat. And it worked. Prices went up. I know it sounds messed up. The main reason why I like Wallace is that he was so forward thinking. He called for universal healthcare, an end to the Cold War, and an end to segregation and imperialism long before almost everyone else. He called for a humble foreign policy when he later ran for President in 1948. He got his butt kicked in that election, by the way, and way worse than Mondale got his butt kicked. In many ways, he was a socialist, which you guys probably already know I am not a big fan of, but I can forgive his economic beliefs by just looking at the fact that he was such a visionary. Many historians today call Henry Wallace an ineffective politician, a naive dreamer, and just plain weird. And he was all three of those things, but I frankly see those things as positives. So there you have it. And remember to check out Mr. Betts counting down his top 5 Presidents who used to be Vice Presidents but took over after the President died. Let's check in on him to see if that video is done. I'm gonna call him right now. (phone rings) (phone rings) Mr. Betts: Hey Mr. Beat Mr. Betts! I was just checking to see if your video was ready to go. Mr. Betts: Oh yeah, yeah. The video's almost done. There's just a couple more clips that I gotta put in. and just a tweak of the color grading- Mr. Beat - Great! Mr. Betts: Hello? Hel- (frantically typing) So yeah go check it out and subscribe to MrBettsClass while you’re over there. Thanks to my newest Patreon supporters John Johnson, Beau Branch, and Kyle Noyes! Thank you so much for your support. I’ll be back next Friday with a new episode of Compared. Thanks for watching everybody. The video's over. Finally. I kind of dragged on a little bit there. I'm sorry about that. I'm still dragging on. I should just stop-


Historical significance

When there is a tie in the Senate, as seen here for the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, the Vice President (in this case, Mike Pence) has to step in to break the tie, or the motion fails by default.

The first President of the Senate, John Adams, cast 29 tie-breaking votes. He cast his first tie-breaking vote on July 18, 1789.[3] His votes protected the president's sole authority over the removal of appointees, influenced the location of the national capital, and prevented war with Great Britain. On at least one occasion he persuaded senators to vote against legislation that he opposed, and he frequently lectured the Senate on procedural and policy matters. Adams's political views and his active role in the Senate made him a natural target for critics of the Washington administration. Toward the end of his first term, as a result of a threatened resolution that would have silenced him except for procedural and policy matters, he began to exercise more restraint in the hope of realizing the goal shared by many of his successors: election in his own right as President of the United States.[4]

In 2001, during the 107th Congress, the Senate was divided 50–50 between Republicans and Democrats and thus Dick Cheney's tie-breaking vote gave the Republicans the Senate majority. However, because the 107th Congress was sworn in on January 3, while the president and vice president were not sworn in until the 20th, Democrats technically held a 51–50 majority in the Senate for the 17 days while Al Gore was still Vice President. However, no substantive legislative work was done during that time.

Mike Pence cast six tie-breaking votes during his first year in office, the most for any vice president. He broke a tie with John Adams, William Wheeler, and Alben Barkley, who all cast four tie-breaking votes within their first year.[2] This was also the most tie-breaking votes in any single year since 1872, when there were seven cast by Schuyler Colfax during the Grant administration.[2] He tied Colfax's record in 2018 when he cast seven more tie-breaking votes. He has so far cast the most tie-breaking votes (13) of any vice president since Schuyler Colfax (1869–1873).

In recent years, the increased threat of a filibuster has led to a rise in the use of cloture to end debate in the Senate, especially on high-profile issues where the Senate is sharply divided, thus rendering the vice president's tie-breaking vote increasingly unnecessary or unhelpful, since the invocation of cloture requires a three-fifths majority, rather than a simple one. However, the cloture requirement was reduced to a simple majority for all executive and judicial nominations in 2013 (except for Supreme Court nominations, which were included in 2017), which led to the first ever use of a tie-breaking vote to confirm a Cabinet member when Pence broke a tie to confirm Betsy DeVos in 2017. In 2018 Pence broke a tie to confirm Jonathan A. Kobes for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. This was the first ever tie-breaking vote to confirm a judicial nominee in U.S. history.

In general, tie-breaking votes have become less common over time, both in terms of absolute frequency and in terms of the average number of such votes cast by individual vice presidents. More tie-breaking votes were cast by the first 12 vice presidents in the 61 years from 1789 to 1850 (135) than have been cast by the 36 vice presidents in the 168 years since then (133).[2]

List of vice presidents by number of tie-breaking votes

As of December 21, 2018, there have been 268 tie-breaking votes cast by 36 vice presidents while 12 others did not cast any votes. The average number of tie-breaking votes cast by a vice president may be considered to be 0 (the mode: 12 cast no tie-breaking votes), 3 (the median value: half cast more, half cast less), or about 5.5 (the mean value: 268 votes divided among 48 Presidents of the Senate).

Rank by
number of tie-
Number of tie-
President of the Senate Party Order in
Term of office President(s)
1 31 John C. Calhoun Democratic-Republican 7 Mar 4, 1825Dec 28, 1832 J. Q. Adams / Andrew Jackson
2 29 John Adams Federalist 1 Apr 21, 1789Mar 4, 1797 George Washington
3 19 George Dallas Democratic 11 Mar 4, 1845Mar 4, 1849 James K. Polk
4 18 Schuyler Colfax Republican 17 Mar 4, 1869Mar 4, 1873 Ulysses S. Grant
5 14 George Clinton Democratic-Republican 4 Mar 4, 1805Apr 20, 1812 Thomas Jefferson / James Madison
5 14 Richard M. Johnson Democratic 9 Mar 4, 1837Mar 4, 1841 Martin Van Buren
7 13 Mike Pence Republican 48 Jan 20, 2017 – present Donald Trump
8 10 John C. Breckinridge Democratic 14 Mar 4, 1857Mar 4, 1861 James Buchanan
9 9 Elbridge Gerry Democratic-Republican 5 Mar 4, 1813Nov 23, 1814 James Madison
9 9 Thomas R. Marshall Democratic 28 Mar 4, 1913Mar 4, 1921 Woodrow Wilson
11 8 Alben W. Barkley Democratic 35 Jan 20, 1949Jan 20, 1953 Harry S. Truman
11 8 Richard M. Nixon Republican 36 Jan 20, 1953Jan 20, 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower
11 8 Dick Cheney Republican 46 Jan 20, 2001Jan 20, 2009 George W. Bush
14 7 Hannibal Hamlin Republican 15 Mar 4, 1861Mar 4, 1865 Abraham Lincoln
14 7 George H. W. Bush Republican 43 Jan 20, 1981Jan 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
16 6 Daniel D. Tompkins Democratic-Republican 6 Mar 4, 1817Mar 4, 1825 James Monroe
16 6 William A. Wheeler Republican 19 Mar 4, 1877Mar 4, 1881 Rutherford B. Hayes
18 4 Martin Van Buren Democratic 8 Mar 4, 1833Mar 4, 1837 Andrew Jackson
18 4 Levi P. Morton Republican 22 Mar 4, 1889Mar 4, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
18 4 James S. Sherman Republican 27 Mar 4, 1909Oct 30, 1912 William H. Taft
18 4 Henry A. Wallace Democratic 33 Jan 20, 1941Jan 20, 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt
18 4 Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic 38 Jan 20, 1965Jan 20, 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
18 4 Al Gore Democratic 45 Jan 20, 1993Jan 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
24 3 Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican 2 Mar 4, 1797Mar 4, 1801 John Adams
24 3 Aaron Burr Democratic-Republican 3 Mar 4, 1801Mar 4, 1805 Thomas Jefferson
24 3 Millard Fillmore Whig 12 Mar 4, 1849Jul 9, 1850 Zachary Taylor
24 3 Chester A. Arthur Republican 20 Mar 4, 1881Sep 19, 1881 James A. Garfield
24 3 Charles Curtis Republican 31 Mar 4, 1929Mar 4, 1933 Herbert Hoover
24 3 John N. Garner Democratic 32 Mar 4, 1933Jan 20, 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt
30 2 Adlai Stevenson Democratic 23 Mar 4, 1893Mar 4, 1897 Grover Cleveland
30 2 Charles G. Dawes Republican 30 Mar 4, 1925Mar 4, 1929 Calvin Coolidge
30 2 Spiro T. Agnew Republican 39 Jan 20, 1969Oct 10, 1973 Richard M. Nixon
33 1 Henry Wilson Republican 18 Mar 4, 1873Nov 22, 1875 Ulysses S. Grant
33 1 Garret A. Hobart Republican 24 Mar 4, 1897Nov 21, 1899 William McKinley
33 1 Harry S. Truman Democratic 34 Jan 20, 1945Apr 12, 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt
33 1 Walter F. Mondale Democratic 42 Jan 20, 1977Jan 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
37 0 John Tyler Whig 10 Mar 4, 1841Apr 4, 1841 William H. Harrison
37 0 William R. King Democratic 13 Mar 4, 1853Apr 18, 1853 Franklin Pierce
37 0 Andrew Johnson National Union 16 Mar 4, 1865Apr 15, 1865 Abraham Lincoln
37 0 Thomas A. Hendricks Democratic 21 Mar 4, 1885Nov 25, 1885 Grover Cleveland
37 0 Theodore Roosevelt Republican 25 Mar 4, 1901Sep 14, 1901 William McKinley
37 0 Charles W. Fairbanks Republican 26 Mar 4, 1905Mar 4, 1909 Theodore Roosevelt
37 0 Calvin Coolidge Republican 29 Mar 4, 1921Aug 2, 1923 Warren G. Harding
37 0 Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic 37 Jan 20, 1961Nov 22, 1963 John F. Kennedy
37 0 Gerald R. Ford Republican 40 Dec 6, 1973Aug 9, 1974 Richard M. Nixon
37 0 Nelson A. Rockefeller Republican 41 Dec 19, 1974Jan 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
37 0 Dan Quayle Republican 44 Jan 20, 1989Jan 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
37 0 Joe Biden Democratic 47 Jan 20, 2009Jan 20, 2017 Barack Obama

List of tie-breaking votes since 1945

Senate President Date Bill Vote Ultimate result
Harry Truman April 10, 1945 Taft amendment to H.R. 2013 (Lend-Lease Extension Act of 1945) to block the postwar delivery of Lend-Lease Act items contracted for during World War II.[5][6] Nay: 39–40 Amendment defeated.
Alben Barkley September 15, 1949 Motion to reconsider the vote by which the Senate agreed to the McCarthy amendment to H.R. 1211 (Trade Agreements Extension Act of 1949) to direct the president to establish import quotas on furs and fur products.[7] Yea: 42–41 Motion agreed to. The amendment was defeated in the re-vote.
September 15, 1949 Motion to table the motion to reconsider the vote by which the Senate agreed to the McCarthy amendment to H.R. 1211 (Trade Agreements Extension Act of 1949).[7] Nay: 41–42 Motion defeated. H.R. 1211 passed and enacted without amendments added. The reciprocal trade agreements program is extended to 1951.
October 4, 1949 Motion to table the motion to reconsider the vote by which the Senate rejected the Young-Russell amendment to H.R. 5345 (Agricultural Act of 1949) to make mandatory price support at 90% parity on cotton, wheat, corn, rice, peanuts.[8] Nay: 37–38 Motion defeated. The Young-Russell amendment is reconsidered for a new roll call vote.
October 4, 1949 Young-Russell amendment to H.R. 5345 (Agricultural Act of 1949) to make mandatory price support at 90% parity on cotton, wheat, corn, rice, peanuts. [This was a re-vote after the motion to reconsider the original defeat of the amendment was passed.][8] Yea: 38–37 Amendment passed. This amendment was later changed in a compromise with the House version. H.R. 5345 was passed and enacted.
May 3, 1950 Motion to substitute the Senate Democratic Policy Committee amendment to S.Res. 202 (Nationwide Investigation into Organized Crime Act) to provide for an investigation into gambling and racketeering interstate crime by a special five-member committee called the "Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce" who would be selected by the Vice President. The group's composition would be three Democrats and two Republicans.[9][10] Yea: 36–35 Motion agreed to. The Senate Democratic Policy Committee plan replaced the original S.Res. 202 and S.Res. 202 was passed.
June 5, 1950 Conference bill of H.R. 5332 (Foreign-Trade Zones Amendment Act of 1950) to ease restrictions on assembling and processing of foreign goods in the "foreign-trade zones" which the original Act set up in major U.S. ports. [11] Yea: 31–30 H.R. 5332 passed and enacted.
June 26, 1950 Conference bill of H.R. 6567 (Commodity Credit Corporation Amendment Act of 1950) to increase the Commodity Credit Corporation's borrowing authority by $2 billion and other farm-related amendments.[12][13] Yea: 36–35 H.R. 6567 passed and enacted.
June 4, 1952 Ives amendment to S. 2954 (Defense Production Act Amendments of 1952) to maintain the same equal membership of the Wage Stabilization Board between labor, industry, and the public. The WSB would only be permitted to mediate only in wage disputes.[14][15] Yea: 42–41 Amendment passed. A later amendment during conference committee that was included in the final bill changed the composition of the WSB from equal representation between labor, industry, and the public to the board having more representation from the public.
Richard Nixon June 18, 1953 Motion to proceed to the consideration of the conference report of S. 1081 (Defense Production Act Amendments of 1953).[16][17][18] Yea: 40–39 Motion agreed to.
June 18, 1953 Motion to table the motion to reconsider the vote by which the Senate agreed to proceed with the consideration of the conference report of S. 1081 (Defense Production Act Amendments of 1953).[16][19][18] Yea: 42–41 Motion agreed to. The conference report of S. 1081 moves forward.
March 9, 1956 Aiken amendment to delete from H.R. 12 (Agricultural Act of 1956) 90% rigid mandatory price supports for millable varieties of wheat of 1956 crops.[20] Yea: 46–45 Amendment passed, but the final bill was unpalatable to everybody. Vetoed by President Eisenhower.
May 29, 1956 Knowland amendment to H.R. 10660 (Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956) to permit state agencies to determine prevailing wages for projects in the Interstate Highway System.[21] Yea: 40–39 Passed, but during conference committee the Knowland amendment wasn't included in the final bill.
March 12, 1958 Motion to table the motion to reconsider the vote on the Monroney amendment to delete the interest rate ceiling hike on American GI mortgages from 4.5% to 4.75% in S. 3418 (Emergency Housing Bill)[22] Yea: 48–47 Motion agreed to. GI mortgages now had an interest rate ceiling of 4.75%
April 22, 1959 Motion to table the motion to reconsider the vote on the McClellan amendment to S. 1555 (Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959) to add a bill of rights for union members to include guarantees of freedom of speech and periodic secret elections of officers.[23][24] Yea: 46–45 Motion agreed to. A bill of rights for union workers was included in the final bill that was passed and enacted.
February 3, 1960 Motion to table the motion to reconsider the vote on the Clark amendment to S. 8 (Emergency Federal Assistance for School Construction Act) to authorize $1.1 billion per year of federal funds for an indefinite period for school construction and teachers' salaries.[25] Yea: 45–44 Motion agreed to. A scaled-down version of the federal education funds passed later.
May 2, 1960 Gruening amendment to H.R. 11510 (Mutual Security Act of 1960) to prevent the President from using contingency funds to help replace cuts Congress may make later in other aid funds.[26][27] Nay: 44–45 Amendment defeated.
Lyndon B. Johnson No votes
Hubert Humphrey August 17, 1965 Motion to reconsider the vote rejecting the Fannin amendment to keep governors' full veto rights over three anti-poverty programs (work-training, community action and adult education) intact in H.R. 8283 (Economic Opportunity Amendments of 1965).[28][29][30] Nay: 45–46 Motion defeated. The Senate version of a full repeal of veto rights was rejected eventually. The House version's limited repeal of veto rights was included in the final bill.
September 13, 1965 Bass amendment to H.R. 9811 (Food and Agriculture Act of 1965)[31] to strike from the bill a provision transferring from the Secretary of Labor to the Secretary of Agriculture authority to determine whether foreign farm workers are required by U.S. farmers.[32] Yea: 46–45 H.R. 9811 was passed and enacted.
May 9, 1967 Gore-Williams amendment to H.R. 6950 (Restoring the Investment Tax Credit and the Allowance of Accelerated Depreciation in the Case of Certain Real Property Act)[33] to make the 1966 Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act inoperative after September 15, 1967.[34] Nay: 48–49 Eventually H.R. 6950 was passed and enacted but with an amendment to make the 1966 Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act inoperative.
March 11, 1968 Clark amendment to H.R. 15399 (Urgent Supplemental Appropriations Act) to appropriate $25 million for the Office of Economic Opportunity's Head Start Program.[35] Yea: 43–42 H.R. 15399 died in Congress. The $25 million funding for Head Start was approved in a different bill.[36]
Spiro Agnew August 6, 1969 Smith amendment to prohibit funding for the Safeguard anti-ballistic missile program[37][38][39] Nay: 50–51 The Safeguard anti-ballistic missile program was authorized and came into fruition.
July 17, 1973 Motion to table the motion to reconsider the Gravel-Stevens amendment to S. 1081 (Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act) that states that the Interior Department has met all the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline project.[40][41][39] Yea: 50–49 Motion agreed to. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act was ultimately passed and enacted in November 1973. The act authorized construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
Gerald Ford No votes
Nelson Rockefeller No votes
Walter Mondale November 4, 1977 Motion to table the Curtis amendment to H.R. 9346 (Social Security Tax Act of 1977) to continue the tradition of employers and employees paying equal shares of Social Security taxes.[40][42] Yea: 42–41 Motion agreed to.
George H. W. Bush July 13, 1983 Motion to table Pryor Amdt.1468 on nerve gas Yea: 50–49 Motion agreed to.
November 8, 1983 Stevens/Tower/Goldwater Amdt.2517 on nerve gas Yea: 47–46 Agreed to.
June 14, 1984 Motion to table Moynihan Amdt.3208 on MX missiles Yea: 49–48 Motion agreed to.
May 10, 1985 Dole Amdt.93 on cutting deficit Yea: 50–49 Agreed to.
July 23, 1986 Motion to reconsider vote on Manion nomination Nay: 49–50 Motion defeated so Manion remained confirmed.
August 7, 1986 Pryor Amdt.2612 on nerve gas Nay: 50–51 Amendment defeated.
September 22, 1987 Motion to table Johnston Amdt.710 on SDI funding Yea: 51–50 Motion agreed to.
Dan Quayle No votes
June 25, 1993 H.R. 2264 (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993) Yea: 50–49 Conference Report (see below) enacted as Pub.L. 103–66.
August 6, 1993 H.R. 2264 (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993) Conference Report Yea: 51–50 Enacted.
Pub.L. 103–66
August 3, 1994 Motion to table S.Amdt. 2446 (Johnston Ethanol Limitation Amendment) to H.R 4624 (Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act of 1995) Yea: 51–50 S.Amdt. 2446 tabled.
May 20, 1999 S.Amdt. 362 (Lautenberg Gun Show Sales Amendment) to S. 254 (School Safety Act of 1999) Yea: 51–50 S. 254 returned to Senate by House via blue slip. Expired at end of session.
Dick Cheney April 3, 2001 S.Amdt. 173 (Grassley Prescription Drug Reserve Fund Amendment) to H.Con.Res. 83 (2002 budget) Yea: 51–50 Agreed to.
April 5, 2001 S.Amdt. 347 (Hutchison Marriage Penalty Tax Elimination Amendment) to H.Con.Res. 83 (2002 budget) Yea: 51–50 Agreed to.
May 21, 2002 Motion to table S.Amdt. 3406 (Allen Mortgage Loan Amendment) to H.R. 3009 (Trade Act of 2002) Yea: 50–49 Motion agreed to.
April 11, 2003 H.Con.Res. 95 (2004 budget) Yea: 51–50 Enacted.
May 15, 2003 S.Amdt. 664 (Nickles Dividend Exclusion Amendment) to S. 1054 (Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003) Yea: 51–50 S. 1054 incorporated into H.R. 2 (see below), which was enacted as Pub.L. 108–27.
May 23, 2003 H.R. 2 (Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003) Conference Report Yea: 51–50 Enacted.
Pub.L. 108–27
December 21, 2005 S. 1932 (Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2005) Yea:
Bill sent to conference committee and enacted, Pub.L. 109–171.
March 13, 2008 Motion to reconsider S.Amdt. 4189 to S.Con.Res. 70 Yea:
Motion agreed to.
No votes
Mike Pence February 7, 2017 PN37 (Nomination of Elisabeth Prince DeVos, of Michigan, to be Secretary of Education)[43][44] Yea:
Nomination confirmed.
March 30, 2017 Motion to proceed to H.J.Res. 43 Yea:
Motion agreed to.
H.J.Res. 43 (Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients) Yea:
Pub.L. 115–23
July 25, 2017 Motion to proceed to H.R. 1628 (American Health Care Act of 2017)[45] Yea:
Motion agreed to.
October 24, 2017 H.J.Res. 111 (Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Arbitration Agreements")[46] Yea:
Pub.L. 115–74
December 2, 2017 S.Amdt. 1852 (Cruz 529 Savings Plan Amendment) to H.R. 1 (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) Yea:
Agreed to.
January 24, 2018 Motion to invoke cloture on PN1341 (Nomination of Sam Brownback, of Kansas, to be United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom) Yea:
Motion agreed to.
PN1341 (Nomination of Sam Brownback, of Kansas, to be United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom) Yea:
Nomination confirmed.
February 28, 2018 PN367 (Nomination of Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget) Yea:
Nomination confirmed.
November 28, 2018 Motion to invoke cloture on PN1412 (Nomination of Thomas Alvin Farr, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina) Yea:
Motion agreed to.
November 29, 2018 Motion to invoke cloture on PN2117 (Nomination of Jonathan A. Kobes, of South Dakota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit) Yea:
Motion agreed to.
December 11, 2018 PN2117 (Nomination of Jonathan A. Kobes, of South Dakota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit) Yea:
Nomination confirmed.
December 21, 2018 Motion to proceed to the House Message to accompany H.R. 695 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018; a legislative vehicle used to fund various government departments.) Yea:
Motion agreed to.


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