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Bernie Sanders' Voting Records

Office: U.S. Senate (VT) - Jr, Independent

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 6, 1996 H Amdt 1133 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 233)
Yea
June 6, 1996 HR 3562 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(289 - 136)
Nay
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1084 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 162)
Yea
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(239 - 188)
Nay
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 229)
Nay
May 23, 1996 HR 1227 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House
(281 - 144)
Yea
May 22, 1996 H Amdt 1075 Disclosure of Intelligence Spending Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 248)
Yea
May 22, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House
(414 - 10)
Yea
May 21, 1996 HR 3415 Repeal Gas Tax bill Bill Passed - House
(301 - 108)
Yea
May 16, 1996 H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(226 - 195)
Nay
May 15, 1996 H Amdt 1057 Cooperative Threat Reduction Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(202 - 220)
Nay
May 15, 1996 H Amdt 1058 Former Soviet Union Defense Conversion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(249 - 171)
Nay
May 15, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Bill Passed - House
(272 - 153)
Nay
May 9, 1996 HR 956 Product Liability bill Veto Override Failed - House
(258 - 163)
Nay
May 7, 1996 HR 2137 Megan's Law Bill Passed - House
(418 - 0)
Yea
May 1, 1996 S 641 Ryan White CARE reauthorization Act of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - House
(402 - 4)
Yea
April 30, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Veto Override Failed - House
(234 - 188)
Nay
April 25, 1996 HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Conference Report Adopted - House
(399 - 25)
Yea
April 18, 1996 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(293 - 133)
Nay
April 17, 1996 HR 842 Truth in Budgeting Act Bill Passed - House
(284 - 143)
Yea
March 29, 1996 HR 2854 Agricultural Market Transition Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(318 - 89)
Yea
March 29, 1996 HR 956 Product Liability bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(259 - 158)
Nay
March 28, 1996 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Bill Passed - House
(267 - 151)
Nay
March 22, 1996 HR 125 Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(239 - 173)
Nay
March 21, 1996 HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill Bill Passed - House
(333 - 87)
Nay
March 20, 1996 H Amdt 968 Immigrant Public Assistance Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(151 - 269)
Yea
March 20, 1996 H Amdt 969 Denying Public Education to Undocumented Immigrants Amendment Adopted - House
(257 - 163)
Nay
March 20, 1996 H Amdt 974 Immigrant English Proficiency Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(210 - 207)
Nay
March 14, 1996 H Amdt 954 Habeas Corpus Reform Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(135 - 283)
Yea
March 14, 1996 HR 2703 Antiterrorism bill Bill Passed - House
(229 - 191)
Nay
March 12, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House
(226 - 172)
Nay
March 7, 1996 H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(198 - 222)
Yea
March 7, 1996 H Amdt 947 Lobby Disclosure Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(211 - 209)
Nay
March 7, 1996 HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Bill Passed - House
(209 - 206)
Nay
March 6, 1996 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(336 - 86)
Nay
Feb. 29, 1996 H Amdt 936 Agricultural Conservation Programs Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(372 - 37)
Yea
Feb. 29, 1996 H Amdt 941 Florida Everglades Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(299 - 124)
Yea
Feb. 29, 1996 HR 2854 Agricultural Market Transition Act Bill Passed - House
(270 - 155)
Nay
Feb. 28, 1996 H Amdt 933 Peanut Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(209 - 212)
Nay
Feb. 28, 1996 H Amdt 934 Sugar Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(208 - 217)
Nay
Feb. 28, 1996 H Amdt 935 Dairy Program Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(258 - 164)
Nay
Feb. 1, 1996 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(414 - 16)
Nay
Jan. 24, 1996 S 1124 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House
(287 - 129)
Nay
Jan. 4, 1996 HR 1977 1996 Interior Appropriations Veto Override Failed - House
(239 - 177)
Nay
Jan. 3, 1996 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Veto Override Passed - House
(240 - 156)
Nay
Dec. 21, 1995 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(245 - 178)
Nay
Dec. 20, 1995 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Veto Override Passed - House
(319 - 100)
Nay
Dec. 15, 1995 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House
(267 - 149)
Nay
Dec. 13, 1995 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(244 - 181)
Nay
Dec. 13, 1995 HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House
(210 - 218)
Nay

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

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

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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