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Joe Biden, Jr.'s Voting Records

Office: Vice President, Democratic President of the Senate

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 28, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 44)
Nay
March 28, 1996 HR 2854 Agricultural Market Transition Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
March 27, 1996 S 4 Line-Item Veto bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(69 - 31)
Yea
March 21, 1996 HR 956 Product Liability bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(59 - 40)
Nay
March 21, 1996 S 1459 Public Rangelands Management Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate
(50 - 47)
Nay
March 19, 1996 HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 21)
Nay
March 19, 1996 S Amdt 3513 Medical Professionals Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 37)
Yea
March 5, 1996 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 22)
Yea
Feb. 7, 1996 S 1541 Farm Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 32)
Yea
Feb. 1, 1996 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 5)
Yea
Jan. 26, 1996 S 1124 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(56 - 34)
Nay
Jan. 26, 1996 Treaty Doc. 103-1 The START II Treaty Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(87 - 4)
Yea
Dec. 22, 1995 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Veto Override Passed - Senate
(68 - 30)
Nay
Dec. 22, 1995 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Dec. 19, 1995 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 43)
Nay
Dec. 14, 1995 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate
(82 - 16)
Nay
Dec. 14, 1995 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(58 - 40)
Nay
Dec. 14, 1995 HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Nay
Dec. 13, 1995 S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
Dec. 12, 1995 S J Res 31 Flag Desecration Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(63 - 36)
Nay
Dec. 7, 1995 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate
(54 - 44)
Yea
Dec. 7, 1995 HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
Dec. 6, 1995 HR 660 Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 3)
Nay
Dec. 5, 1995 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(65 - 30)
Nay
Nov. 17, 1995 S 440 National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(80 - 16)
Nay
Nov. 16, 1995 H J Res 122 Continuing Appropriation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 37)
Nay
Nov. 16, 1995 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(59 - 39)
Nay
Nov. 15, 1995 HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(63 - 35)
Nay
Nov. 1, 1995 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(90 - 6)
Yea
Oct. 28, 1995 HR 2491 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Oct. 19, 1995 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 22, 1995 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(86 - 14)
Yea
Sept. 19, 1995 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 14, 1995 S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(37 - 61)
Yea
Sept. 6, 1995 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 34)
Nay
Aug. 10, 1995 S Amdt 2401 Space-Based Laser Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(57 - 41)
Yea
July 27, 1995 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 3)
Yea
July 26, 1995 S 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina Self-Defense Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 29)
Yea
July 21, 1995 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 10)
Yea
July 21, 1995 HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - Senate
(90 - 7)
Yea
July 11, 1995 S Amdt 1497 Small Business Impact Analysis Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
July 10, 1995 S Amdt 1491 Small Business Impact Analyses Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 36)
Nay
June 29, 1995 H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 46)
Nay
June 28, 1995 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 30)
Nay
June 22, 1995 PN 245 Henry W. Foster Jr., Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 43)
Yea
June 21, 1995 S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(64 - 36)
Yea
June 21, 1995 S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
June 20, 1995 S Amdt 1427 Commercial Vehicle Speed Limit Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
June 20, 1995 S Amdt 1437 Motorcycle Helmet Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
June 15, 1995 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea

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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