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S 1124 - Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department - Key Vote

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Ben Cardin voted Nay (Conference Report Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) - Became Public Law No. 104-106 -
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (56-34) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that appropriates $266.55 billion to the Department of Defense, sets armed forces personnel strengths, and revises Department of Defense policies.

Highlights:
  • Requires the mandatory discharge or immediate retirement of an HIV-positive member of the Armed Forces.
  • Bans the use of any overseas military facility for performance of an abortion unless the health of the woman is endangered, or if the pregnancy is the result of a rape or incest.
  • Increases the rates of basic pay for members of the uniformed forces by 2.4 percent.
  • Sets end strengths for active duty personnel at 495,000 for the Army, 428,340 for the Navy, 388,200 for the Air Force and 174,000 for the Marine Corps.
  • Requires the number of active duty armed forces to exceed the amount necessary for the United States to be able to successfully conduct two simultaneous regional contingencies.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States, Russia, and all parties of the START II Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention should promptly ratify and implement both treaties.
  • Continues missile defense programs and urges the President to work to get the cooperation of allies to develop, deploy, and operate ballistic missile defenses.
  • $94.32 billion for operation and maintenance, including $21.41 billion for the Navy, $18.69 billion for the Army, $18.67 billion for the Air Force, and $9.88 billion for medical programs.
  • $69.3 billion for military personnel.
  • $35.61 billion for research, development, testing, and evaluation.
  • $16.78 billion for procurement for the Air Force, including funds for B-2 bombers.
  • $16.07 billion for procurement for the Navy and Marine Corps.
  • $11.57 billion for national security programs, including $3.71 billion for weapons activities.
  • $11.23 billion for military construction.
  • $7.89 billion for procurement for the Army.
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (287-129) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that appropriates $266.55 billion to the Department of Defense, sets armed forces personnel strengths, and revises Department of Defense policies.

Highlights:
  • Requires the mandatory discharge or immediate retirement of an HIV-positive member of the Armed Forces.
  • Bans the use of any overseas military facility for performance of an abortion unless the health of the woman is endangered, or if the pregnancy is the result of a rape or incest.
  • Increases the rates of basic pay for members of the uniformed forces by 2.4 percent.
  • Sets end strengths for active duty personnel at 495,000 for the Army, 428,340 for the Navy, 388,200 for the Air Force and 174,000 for the Marine Corps.
  • Requires the number of active duty armed forces to exceed the amount necessary for the United States to be able to successfully conduct two simultaneous regional contingencies.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States, Russia, and all parties of the START II Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention should promptly ratify and implement both treaties.
  • Continues missile defense programs and urges the President to work to get the cooperation of allies to develop, deploy, and operate ballistic missile defenses.
  • $94.32 billion for operation and maintenance, including $21.41 billion for the Navy, $18.69 billion for the Army, $18.67 billion for the Air Force, and $9.88 billion for medical programs.
  • $69.3 billion for military personnel.
  • $35.61 billion for research, development, testing, and evaluation.
  • $16.78 billion for procurement for the Air Force, including funds for B-2 bombers.
  • $16.07 billion for procurement for the Navy and Marine Corps.
  • $11.57 billion for national security programs, including $3.71 billion for weapons activities.
  • $11.23 billion for military construction.
  • $7.89 billion for procurement for the Army.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) -
Note:

NOTE: THIS VOTE PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MEANING NO MEMBER OBJECTED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTE. THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE THAT ALL MEMBERS FAVORED THE VOTE'S OUTCOME.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department

Sponsors

  • Strom Thurmond (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
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