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Key Votes

Mitch McConnell's Voting Records on Issue: Defense

Full Name: Mitch McConnell
Office: U.S. Senate (KY) - Sr, Republican Minority Leader
First Elected: 11/06/1984
Last Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate
Primary May 20, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Elaine Chao; 3 Children: Elly, Claire, Porter
Birth Date: 02/20/1942
Birth Place: Sheffield, AL
Home City: Louisville, KY
Religion: Baptist

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 18, 2002 HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2001 S 1438 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2001 S J Res 23 Military Force Authorization Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
May 18, 2000 S Amdt 3154 Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nay
Oct. 13, 1999 Treaty Doc. 105-28 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Sept. 22, 1999 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
May 27, 1999 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
May 26, 1999 S Amdt 393 FY 2000 Defense Auth.--Base Closures Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 60)
Nay
May 20, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 36)
Yea
March 23, 1999 S Con Res 21 Kosovo Resolution Resolution Passed - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
Oct. 1, 1998 HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 29, 1998 HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(94 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1998 S 1873 American Missile Protection bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(59 - 41)
Yea
Sept. 1, 1998 S Amdt 3506 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 44)
Nay
June 25, 1998 S Amdt 2981 Military Closure Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(48 - 45)
Yea
June 25, 1998 S Amdt 3011 Separate Housing Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(39 - 53)
Yea
June 24, 1998 S Amdt 2912 Bosnia and Herzegovina Withdrawal Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(65 - 31)
Yea
April 30, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 11)
Yea
Feb. 25, 1998 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Veto Override Passed - Senate
(78 - 20)
Yea
Nov. 6, 1997 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(90 - 10)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
July 9, 1997 S Amdt 771 Base Closure Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(66 - 33)
Yea
April 17, 1997 S 495 Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act Bill Passed - Senate
(53 - 44)
Yea
Sept. 10, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(73 - 26)
Yea
Jan. 26, 1996 S 1124 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(56 - 34)
Yea
Jan. 26, 1996 Treaty Doc. 103-1 The START II Treaty Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(87 - 4)
Yea
Dec. 19, 1995 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 13, 1995 S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
Nov. 16, 1995 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
Sept. 22, 1995 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(86 - 14)
Yea
Sept. 6, 1995 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 34)
Yea
Aug. 10, 1995 S Amdt 2401 Space-Based Laser Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(57 - 41)
Yea
July 21, 1995 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 10)
Yea
Sept. 13, 1994 S 2182 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(80 - 18)
Nay
Aug. 11, 1994 HR 4650 Defense FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 14)
Yea
Aug. 10, 1994 HR 4453 Military Construction FY95 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(95 - 5)
Yea
July 15, 1994 HR 4453 Military Construction FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 2)
Yea
July 1, 1994 S Amdt 2142 B-2 Bomber Funding Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Nay
June 29, 1994 S Amdt 2117 Military Operations in Haiti Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(34 - 65)
Yea
May 12, 1994 S Amdt 1696 Bosnia-Herzegovina Policy Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
April 19, 1994 PN 1210 Adm. Frank B. Kelso II, Retiring Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(54 - 43)
Nay
Nov. 10, 1993 HR 3116 Defense Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 9)
Yea
Oct. 21, 1993 S Amdt 1072 Restriction of Funding for Haiti Operations Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(19 - 81)
Nay
Oct. 19, 1993 HR 2446 Military Construction Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(94 - 5)
Yea
Oct. 15, 1993 S Amdt 1043 Ending Military Operations in Somalia Amendment Tabled - Senate
(61 - 38)
Yea
Sept. 10, 1993 S Amdt 816 Postponement of Base Closures Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(18 - 79)
Nay
Sept. 9, 1993 S Amdt 785 Ballistic Missile Defense Funding Reducation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
Sept. 9, 1993 S Amdt 790 U.S. Policy Towards Somalia Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(90 - 7)
Yea

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