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

Biographical

Full Name: Joseph 'Joe' Robinette Biden, Jr.
Current Office: Vice President, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jill; 4 Children: Beau, Hunter, Ashley, Naomi (deceased)
Birth Date: 11/20/1942
Birth Place: Scranton, PA
Home City: Wilmington, DE
Religion: Roman Catholic
Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
6/19/97 S Amdt 416 Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
Yea
6/12/97 HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 21)
Yea
6/05/97 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
Yea
6/05/97 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (67 - 31)
Nay
5/23/97 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000
Resolution Passed - Senate (78 - 22)
Yea
5/23/97 S Amdt 357 Violent Crime Victims Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
5/22/97 S Amdt 301 Budget Deficit Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
5/20/97 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill
Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 36)
Yea
4/30/97 PN 82 Alexis M. Herman, Secretary of Labor
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (85 - 13)
Yea
4/24/97 S Res 75 Chemical Weapons Convention bill
Resolution Passed - Senate (74 - 26)
Yea
4/17/97 S 495 Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act
Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 44)
Nay
4/16/97 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 0)
Yea
4/15/97 S 104 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Nay
4/15/97 S Amdt 31 Yucca Mountain Alternate Sites amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 39)
Nay
3/20/97 S Amdt 25 U.S.- Mexico Drug Trafficking Prevention Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 5)
Yea
3/04/97 S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (66 - 34)
Yea
10/03/96 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 2)
Yea
9/26/96 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban
Veto Override Failed - Senate (58 - 40)
Yea
9/17/96 HR 3816 Appropriations bill FY97, Energy and Water Development
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 8)
Yea
9/17/96 S Amdt 5353 Federal Land Grazing Fee Amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
9/10/96 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (73 - 26)
Yea
9/10/96 HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 14)
Yea
9/10/96 S 2056 Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 1996
Bill Failed - Senate (49 - 50)
Yea
8/02/96 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 0)
Yea
8/02/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
Yea
8/02/96 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 0)
Yea
8/01/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (78 - 21)
Yea
7/31/96 S 1936 Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1996
Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 37)
Nay
7/23/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
7/10/96 HR 743 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 46)
Nay
7/10/96 S Amdt 4438 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995
Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 38)
Nay
7/09/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
7/09/96 S Amdt 4435 Minimum Wage Increase Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Yea
6/25/96 S 1219 Campaign Finance Reform bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 46)
Yea
6/20/96 PN 951 Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (91 - 7)
Yea
6/20/96 PN 953 Alice M. Rivlin, Federal Reserve Vice-Chair
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (57 - 41)
Yea
6/19/96 S Amdt 4059 Overseas Abortion Amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (45 - 51)
Nay
6/13/96 H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (53 - 46)
Nay
6/06/96 H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (64 - 35)
Yea
5/02/96 HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 3)
Yea
5/02/96 S Amdt 3840 Public Assistance to Legal Immigrants Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 60)
Nay
5/01/96 S Amdt 3752 Citizen Verification Pilot Program Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (54 - 46)
Yea
5/01/96 S Amdt 3780 Asylum Seeker Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Yea
4/30/96 S Amdt 3820 Legal Immigrants Assistance Eligibility Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Nay
4/25/96 HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 11)
Yea
4/25/96 S Amdt 3669 Foreign Student Public Education Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 46)
Nay
4/25/96 S Amdt 3670 Foreign Student Program Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 47)
Nay
4/23/96 S J Res 21 Term Limits bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 42)
Nay
4/18/96 S Amdt 3677 Deletion of Medical Savings Accounts Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46)
Yea
4/17/96 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 8)
Yea

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