Vice President Joseph 'Joe' Robinette Biden, Jr.'s Voting Records


Office: Vice President, Democratic President of the Senate
Issue Category

61 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
11/19/02 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security
Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9)
6/18/02 S 2600 Terrorism Insurance Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 14)
10/25/01 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
10/15/99 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
5/20/99 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
4/30/98 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 11)
9/25/97 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Did Not Vote
6/19/97 S Amdt 416 Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
4/17/96 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 8)
3/28/96 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 44)
12/14/95 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations
Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 16)
6/07/95 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
6/06/95 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
3/16/94 HR 820 National Competitiveness Act of 1993
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 40)
9/22/93 HR 2491 Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 9)

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