Bills Blocked by Republican Filibusters

Here is a list of bills that would have passed the Senate if it weren't for Republcians requiring a 60-vote threshold.

113th Congress:

Manchin-Toomey Background Checks

Vote: 54-46

Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013

Vote: 51-49

Would keep the interest rate of subsidized federal student loans at 3.4% for another year

Student Loan Affordability Act

Vote: 51-46

Would keep the interest rate of subsidized federal student loans at 3.4% for two years.

Sequestration replacement

Vote: 51-49

Would postpone the sequester until Jan 2, 2014

Required millionaires to pay at least a 30% tax rate

112th Congress

Bring Jobs Home Act

Vote: 56-42

Would grant businesses a tax credit for eliminating a business outside the US and relocating it in the US

Would deny businesses a tax deduction for outsourcing expenses related to outsourcing a business

Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act

Vote: 53-44

Gives small businesses a tax credit if their 2012 payrolls were higher than their 2011 payrolls

Paycheck Fairness Act

Vote: 52-47

Requires employers to prove differences in pay are not gender-related

Would allow employees to discuss salaries without retaliation, and allows government to collect data on women workers to better evaluate the wage gap


Vote: 51-44; reconsidered 53-45

Requires corporations, super PACs, labor unions, and other groups to disclose donors who give in excess of $10,000 for political contributions

Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012

Vote: 51-45

Requires millionaires to pay a 30% minimum tax rate

Expresses the Sense of the Senate that tax reform should repeal unfair loopholes and expenditures and make sure the wealthiest taxpayers pay a fair share of taxes

Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act

Vote: 51-47

Extends tax credits for energy efficient residences, electric vehicles, and other alternative forms of energy including wind facilities

Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act of 2011

Vote: 50-50

Allocates grants to states to help them rehire teachers and others working in educational support

110th Congress

DREAM Act of 2010

Vote: 55-43

Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act

Vote: 53-45

Provide senior citizens with a tax credit in lieu of a Social Security COLA

Paycheck Fairness Act (again)

Vote: 58-41

Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act

Vote: 53-45

Giving employers tax breaks for bringing overseas jobs back to America

DISCLOSE Act (again)

Vote: 59-39