Issue Category

63 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/19/06 HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 32)
Yea
9/13/06 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55)
Nay
6/29/06 S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 34)
Yea
7/28/05 HR 3045 CAFTA Implementation Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (55 - 45)
Yea
7/26/05 S AMDT 1351 Corporate Financing of Terrorism Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Nay
6/30/05 S 1307 CAFTA Implementation Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 45)
Yea
10/11/04 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength)
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (69 - 17)
Yea
5/11/04 S 1637 Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 5)
Yea
7/31/03 HR 2738 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 32)
Yea
7/31/03 HR 2739 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 32)
Yea
8/01/02 HR 3009 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 34)
Yea
7/31/02 S 812 Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act
Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 21)
Nay
9/19/00 HR 4444 U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000
Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 15)
Yea
9/13/00 S Amdt 4132 China Nonproliferation Act
Amendment Tabled - Senate (65 - 32)
Nay
5/11/00 HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
Yea
11/03/99 HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill
Bill Passed - Senate (76 - 19)
Did Not Vote
7/17/97 S Amdt 890 Most Favored Nation Repeal Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (22 - 77)
Nay
3/05/96 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 22)
Yea
10/19/95 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
11/29/94 HR 5110 Uruguay Round Agreements Act
Bill Passed - House (288 - 146)
Yea
6/09/94 H Amdt 611 Lifting Arms Embargo on Bosnia Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (244 - 178)
Yea
11/17/93 HR 3450 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act
Bill Passed - House (234 - 200)
Nay
7/21/93 H J Res 208 China's Most Favored Nation Status
Joint Resolution Failed - House (105 - 318)
Nay
6/22/93 HR 1876 GATT Uruguay Round Bill
Bill Passed - House (295 - 126)
Yea
9/30/92 HR 5318 Conditional Extension of Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status to China
Veto Override Passed - House (345 - 74)
Yea
7/21/92 HR 5318 Conditional Extension of Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status to China
Bill Passed - House (339 - 62)
Yea

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