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Fact 2

Last updated: July 19, 2023

Every vote in Congress related to the investigation into the CIA torture program was bipartisan.

There have been four votes in the Senate directly related to the Torture Report and the oversight investigation that produced it. Every vote has had both Democrat and Republican support, and all but one have been overwhelmingly bipartisan:

  • In March 2009, the Senate intelligence committee voted 14-1 to launch an investigation into the torture program.
  • In December 2012, the committee voted 9-6 to adopt the Torture Report, with one Republican member voting yes.
  • In April 2014, the committee voted 11-3 to approve the Torture Report’s executive summary for declassification and public release, with three Republicans voting with the majority.
  • In June 2015, the full Senate voted 78-21 in favor of legislation, co-sponsored by the late Senator John McCain and Senator Dianne Feinstein, that was developed as a response to the horrors revealed by the Torture Report’s executive summary and designed to prevent a return to anything like the CIA torture program. Thirty three Republican senators supported the legislation, which has since become law.