Issue Category

39 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
10/26/05 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (54 - 43)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
10/20/05 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation
Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 1)
Yea
3/10/05 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 25)
Yea
11/08/01 HR 2620 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (87 - 7)
Yea
7/14/00 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 39)
Yea
7/13/00 S Amdt 3821 Estate Tax Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Nay
10/15/99 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
10/13/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
Nay
10/08/98 HR 4194 FY 1999 VA-HUD Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
6/25/97 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 27)
Yea
9/17/96 S Amdt 5353 Federal Land Grazing Fee Amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
3/21/96 S 1459 Public Rangelands Management Act of 1996
Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 47)
Yea
12/06/95 HR 660 Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
9/12/94 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development
Conference Report Adopted - House (313 - 61)
Did Not Vote
7/14/94 H Amdt 755 Federal Land Appraisals
Amendment Adopted - House (281 - 148)
Yea
6/29/94 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development
Bill Passed - House (344 - 84)
Yea
10/19/93 HR 2491 Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994
Conference Report Adopted - House (341 - 89)
Yea
7/27/93 HR 2667 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations, 1993
Bill Passed - House (400 - 27)
Nay
6/29/93 HR 2491 Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994
Bill Passed - House (313 - 110)
Nay
6/28/93 H Amdt 151 Selective Service Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (202 - 207)
Nay
5/07/92 H Amdt 529 Elimination of Funds for Seawolf Submarines and Other Programs
Amendment Rejected - House (150 - 266)
NA

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