Cybersecurity, Civil Liberties: Members voted, 288-127, to ease privacy and antitrust laws in order to spur data-sharing between U.S. security agencies and private firms such as Internet service providers. A yes vote was to send the Senate a bill to bolster cybersecurity in the U.S.
Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: YES
Jon Runyan, R-3rd: YES
Password Privacy: Members defeated, 189-224, a motion to assure the privacy of passwords for social-network sites such as Facebook as part of HR 624 (above). A yes vote was to prohibit employers from requiring employees to divulge their passwords as a condition of employment.
Expanded Gun Checks: Senators failed, 54-46, to reach 60 votes needed to advance a bid to require criminal and mental-health background checks on most gun purchases. A yes vote backed the Manchin-Toomey measure to greatly expand background checks on gun sales. (S 649)
Robert Menendez, D: YES
Frank Lautenberg, D: YES
Concealed-Carry Laws: Senators failed, 57-43, to reach 60 votes needed to amend S 649 (above) to make it easier for individuals to carry concealed handguns to other states. A yes vote was to impose a de facto, uniform federal standard on the variety of state concealed-carry gun laws.
Assault-Weapons Ban: Senators refused, 40-60, to outlaw the future sale, manufacture, possession and importation of 157 specific semi-automatic assault weapons while defining as legal 2,258 specific hunting and sporting firearms. A yes vote was to ban military-style assault weapons. (S 649)
Republican Gun Plan: Senators failed, 52-48, to reach 60 votes needed to advance a Republican alternative to a pending Democratic-drafted gun bill (S 649). A yes vote backed a bill that emphasized school-safety and mental-health efforts along with stricter enforcement of existing gun laws.
Magazine Limits: In a vote of 46-54, senators turned back an amendment to S 649 (above) that sought to outlaw magazine clips holding more than 10 bullets. Current law has no such limit on high-capacity magazines. A yes vote was to end a Republican-led filibuster against the amendment.
Veterans' Background Checks: Senators failed, 56-44, to reach 60 votes for advancing an effort to set up a special Veterans' Administration appeals process for veterans who fail gun-purchase background checks because of mental illness. A yes vote backed the amendment to S 649.