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Mel Watt's Voting Records on Issue: Legislative Branch

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 24, 1997 HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(309 - 106)
Sept. 18, 1997 H Res 168 House Ethics Reform Task Force Resolution Passed - House
(258 - 154)
July 28, 1997 HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(214 - 203)
Feb. 12, 1997 H J Res 2 Term Limits Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(217 - 211)
Jan. 21, 1997 H Res 31 Ethics Report on Newt Gingrich Resolution Passed - House
(395 - 28)
June 27, 1996 H Res 468 Investigation of Speaker Newt Gingrich Resolution Tabled - House
(229 - 170)
Nov. 29, 1995 HR 2564 Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(421 - 0)
Nov. 28, 1995 H Amdt 903 Prohibit Federal Funds for Lobbying Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 238)
Oct. 31, 1995 HR 2492 Appropriations Bill FY96, Legislative Branch Bill Passed - House
(315 - 106)
March 29, 1995 H J Res 73 Term Limits bill Joint Resolution Failed - House
(227 - 204)
May 26, 1994 HR 4454 Legislative Branch FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(210 - 205)
June 10, 1993 HR 2348 Legislative Branch FY94 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(224 - 187)

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