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Joe Biden, Jr.'s Voting Records on Issue: Health Insurance

Office: Vice President, Democratic President of the Senate

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 15, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Veto Override Passed - Senate
(70 - 26)
Yea
July 9, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Cloture Invoked - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
March 14, 2008 S Amdt 4233 Codifying the Definition of a Child Eligible for SCHIP Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
Nov. 1, 2007 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 30)
Yea
Sept. 27, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(67 - 29)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 2, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Yea
May 17, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 40)
Yea
March 23, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
June 29, 2001 S 1052 Patients' Bill of Rights Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 36)
Yea
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3694 Health Care Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
June 22, 2000 S Amdt 3598 Outpatient Prescription Drugs Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
July 15, 1999 S 1344 Patient Bill of Rights bill Bill Passed - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nay
July 15, 1999 S Amdt 1250 Patient Lawsuit Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nay
July 14, 1999 S Amdt 1241 Women's Health and Cancer Rights Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay
April 1, 1998 S Amdt 2169 Medicare Choices Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
July 22, 1997 S Amdt 936 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
June 25, 1997 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 27)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea

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