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Key Votes

Joe Barton's Voting Records

Full Name: Joe Linus Barton
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 6, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/1984
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
Primary March 4, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Terri; 4 Children; 2 Stepchildren
Birth Date: 09/15/1949
Birth Place: Waco, TX
Home City: Ennis, TX
Religion: Methodist

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 18, 1999 H Amdt 216 72 Hour Background Check Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(193 - 235)
Nay
June 18, 1999 HR 2122 Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act Bill Failed - House
(147 - 280)
Nay
June 17, 1999 H Amdt 200 Ten Commandments Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(248 - 180)
Yea
June 17, 1999 HR 1501 Juvenile Justice bill Bill Passed - House
(287 - 139)
Yea
June 17, 1999 HR 2260 Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 House Co-sponsor
June 15, 1999 HR 1000 FAA Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House
(316 - 110)
Yea
June 10, 1999 HR 1401 FY2000-2001 Defense Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(365 - 58)
Yea
June 10, 1999 HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 Bill Passed - House
(214 - 197)
Yea
June 9, 1999 H Amdt 156 Overseas Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(203 - 225)
Nay
June 8, 1999 H Amdt 140 Lethal Predator Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(193 - 230)
Nay
June 8, 1999 H Amdt 142 Prohibition of Chemically Induced Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(217 - 214)
Yea
June 8, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(246 - 183)
Yea
June 7, 1999 H J Res 57 China Trade resolution House Co-sponsor
May 26, 1999 HR 1259 Social Security Lock Box bill Bill Passed - House
(416 - 12)
Yea
May 19, 1999 HR 1654 NASA Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(259 - 168)
Yea
May 18, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - House
(269 - 158)
Nay
May 18, 1999 HR 1838 Taiwan Security Enhancement Act House Co-sponsor
May 6, 1999 HR 1664 Kosovo Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(311 - 105)
Nay
May 5, 1999 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill Bill Passed - House
(313 - 108)
Yea
April 28, 1999 H Con Res 82 Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from the Balkans resolution Resolution Failed - House
(139 - 290)
Yea
April 28, 1999 HR 1569 Military Operations in Yugoslavia Limitation Act Bill Passed - House
(249 - 180)
Yea
April 28, 1999 S Con Res 21 Kosovo Resolution Resolution Failed - House
(213 - 213)
Nay
April 21, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Conference Report Adopted - House
(368 - 57)
Yea
April 14, 1999 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House
(220 - 208)
Yea
March 25, 1999 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Resolution Passed - House
(221 - 208)
Yea
March 24, 1999 H Amdt 35 Rescissions Removal Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(201 - 228)
Nay
March 24, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
Yea
March 23, 1999 HR 1218 Child Custody Protection Act House Co-sponsor
March 18, 1999 HR 4 National Missile Defense bill Bill Passed - House
(317 - 105)
Yea
March 17, 1999 HR 975 Steel Import Limitation bill Bill Passed - House
(289 - 141)
Nay
March 11, 1999 H Amdt 22 High Needs District Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(195 - 223)
Nay
March 11, 1999 H Con Res 42 Kosovo Peacekeeping Operations Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(219 - 191)
Nay
March 11, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Bill Passed - House
(330 - 90)
Yea
March 10, 1999 H Amdt 20 Student Performance Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 228)
Nay
March 3, 1999 HR 669 Peace Corps Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(326 - 90)
Yea
Feb. 25, 1999 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 24, 1999 H J Res 33 Flag Desecration Resolution House Co-sponsor
Feb. 24, 1999 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 23, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 1999 HR 6 Changes in Income Tax Deductions for Married Couples House Co-sponsor
Dec. 19, 1998 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One Resolution Passed - House
(228 - 206)
Yea
Dec. 19, 1998 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One Resolution Failed - House
(148 - 285)
Yea
Dec. 19, 1998 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One Resolution Passed - House
(221 - 212)
Yea
Dec. 19, 1998 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One Resolution Failed - House
(205 - 229)
Yea
Oct. 20, 1998 HR 4328 Appropriations bill FY99, Omnibus Conference Report Adopted - House
(333 - 95)
Nay
Oct. 13, 1998 S 1260 Securities Litigation Conference Report Adopted - House
(319 - 82)
Yea
Oct. 9, 1998 HR 3150 Bankruptcy Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(300 - 125)
Yea
Oct. 8, 1998 H Amdt 923 Contraceptive Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(224 - 200)
Yea
Oct. 7, 1998 HR 3694 Intelligence FY99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(337 - 83)
Yea
Oct. 7, 1998 HR 4104 Appropriations bill FY99, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House
(290 - 137)
Yea

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