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1997 All Foreign Affairs Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Nov. 13, 1997 National H Con Res 137 Iraq War Crimes Tribunal Resolution Passed - House (396 - 2)
Nov. 7, 1997 National HR 2647 PLA Monitoring bill Bill Passed - House (408 - 10)
Nov. 5, 1997 National HR 2358 China Political Freedom bill Bill Passed - House (416 - 5)
Sept. 4, 1997 National H Amdt 314 Army School of the Americas amendment Amendment Rejected - House (210 - 217)
July 22, 1997 National H Res 175 Republic of Congo Elections Resolution Failed - House (279 - 147)
June 4, 1997 National H Amdt 138 U.S. Withdrawal from the U.N. Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (54 - 369)
April 24, 1997 National S Res 75 Chemical Weapons Convention bill Resolution Passed - Senate (74 - 26)
March 20, 1997 National S Amdt 25 U.S.- Mexico Drug Trafficking Prevention Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 5)

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