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Key Votes

Lamar Smith's Voting Records on Issue: Foreign Affairs

Full Name: Lamar S. Smith
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 21, Republican
First Elected: 11/04/1986
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 21
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Beth; 2 Children
Birth Date: 11/19/1947
Birth Place: San Antonio, TX
Home City: San Antonio, TX
Religion: Christian Scientist

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 25, 1994 HR 4426 Foreign Operations FY95 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(337 - 87)
Nay
May 24, 1994 H Amdt 575 U.S. Policy on Haiti Substitute Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(191 - 236)
Nay
June 22, 1993 HR 2333 State Department FY94-95 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(273 - 144)
Nay
Sept. 30, 1992 HR 5318 Conditional Extension of Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status to China Veto Override Passed - House
(345 - 74)
Yea
July 21, 1992 HR 5318 Conditional Extension of Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status to China Bill Passed - House
(339 - 62)
Yea

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Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

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