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S Res 75 - Chemical Weapons Convention bill - Key Vote

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Joe Biden, Jr. voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation-Resolution.

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NOTE: THIS IS A SIMPLE RESOLUTION. SIMPLE RESOLUTIONS ARE USUALLY USED TO EXPRESS A SENSE OR POSITION OF ONE CHAMBER. SIMPLE RESOLUTIONS DO NOT ADVANCE TO THE OTHER CHAMBER, ARE NOT PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT, AND DO NOT CARRY THE WEIGHT OF LAW.

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Legislation-Resolution - Resolution Passed (Senate) (74-26) - (Key vote)

Title: Chemical Weapons Convention bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a resolution providing for conditional ratification of the Convention on the Prohibition of Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction by the United States.

Highlights:
  • Requires the President to notify all signatories of the Convention of the right of the Senate to give advice to the Convention and consent to ratification, subject to reservations.
  • Further requires the President to submit an annual report to the Congress identifying all financial arrangements with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
  • States that no U.S. intelligence may be provided to the OPCW without first going through proper certification by the Director of Central Intelligence.
  • Acknowledges that the collapse of the "Australia Group" could interfere with the purpose and objective of the Convention and requests that the group remain a prominent and efficient mechanism for limiting the creation and proliferation of chemical and biological weapons.
  • Affirms the dominance of the U.S. Constitution over anything in the Convention.
  • Prevents the President from providing chemical defense assistance, with specified exceptions, to any state or party that is not eligible for such assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
  • Prohibits laboratory samples collected in the United States from being transferred outside the United States for the purposes of analysis.
  • Limits U.S. annual contribution to the OPCW to $25 million until the year 2000.
Legislation-Resolution - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Chemical Weapons Convention bill

Sponsors

  • Jesse Helms (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
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