17. F-16 Jets for Taiwan: On a tie vote of 48-48, senators on Sept. 22, 2011, refused to require the administration to sell 66 new F-16 fighter jets to the Republic of China, or Taiwan, over objections from the People’s Republic of China, or mainland China. The amendment sought to counter a possible administration decision to upgrade rather than replace Taiwan’s aging fleet of nearly 150 F-16s. (HR 2832)
18. Terrorism Trials: Voting 47-52, senators on Oct. 21, 2011, refused to require terrorism suspects linked to al-Qaeda to be tried in U.S. military tribunals rather than federal courts. A yes vote backed military trials over arguments that civilian courts have a long record of successful terrorism prosecutions. (HR 2112)
19. Military Custody, Civil Liberties: Senators on Nov. 29, 2011, refused, 38-60, to strip the fiscal 2012 military budget (S 1867) of its requirement that terrorist suspects be held in military custody rather than assigned to the U.S. civil system of criminal justice. A yes vote opposed the requirement on grounds it goes too far by denying constitutional protections to suspects who are American and arrested in the U.S.
20. Repeal of Iraq War Authority: Voting 30-67, the Senate on Nov. 29, 2011, rejected an amendment to S 1867 that sought repeal the October 2002 congressional authority for President George W. Bush to invade Iraq, which he did in March 2003. When this vote occurred, President Obama was on schedule to complete the withdrawal of all but a residual force in January 2012. A yes vote was to repeal what is known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution.