Issue Category

22 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/22/04 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 0)
Did Not Vote
6/23/04 S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0)
Yea
11/12/03 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (95 - 3)
Did Not Vote
10/17/03 S 1689 Emergency Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan
Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
Nay
5/22/03 S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
10/16/02 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 1)
Yea
10/11/02 H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (77 - 23)
Yea
8/01/02 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003
Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 3)
Yea
7/24/02 HR 4775 Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 7)
Yea
7/18/02 HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3)
Yea
12/13/01 S 1438 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 2)
Yea
9/14/01 S J Res 23 Military Force Authorization
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (98 - 0)
Yea
5/18/00 S Amdt 3154 Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 47)
Yea
10/13/99 Treaty Doc. 105-28 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
9/22/99 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
5/27/99 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3)
Yea
5/26/99 S Amdt 393 FY 2000 Defense Auth.--Base Closures
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 60)
Nay
5/20/99 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
Nay
3/23/99 S Con Res 21 Kosovo Resolution
Resolution Passed - Senate (58 - 41)
Yea

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