Issue Category

67 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/26/08 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (72 - 13)
Did Not Vote
7/26/08 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 35)
Did Not Vote
6/26/08 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (92 - 6)
Did Not Vote
6/18/08 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - Senate (80 - 14)
Did Not Vote
5/22/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - Senate (82 - 13)
Did Not Vote
5/22/08 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions
Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 22)
Did Not Vote
5/15/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 15)
Did Not Vote
12/14/07 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 14)
Yea
11/01/07 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP)
Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 30)
Yea
9/27/07 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (67 - 29)
Yea
8/02/07 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31)
Yea
8/03/06 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Nay
6/21/06 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46)
Yea
6/21/06 S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 53)
Nay
3/16/06 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Yea
12/21/05 S Con Res 74 Removal of ANWR Provision from HR 2863
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (48 - 45)
Yea
11/03/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 18)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2348 Medicaid Generic Drug Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 45)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Yea
10/27/05 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (54 - 43)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Nay
10/05/05 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
9/22/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2)
Yea
5/11/04 S Amdt 3114 Unemployment Benefits Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (59 - 40)
Yea
5/08/02 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 35)
Yea
2/13/02 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
Bill Passed - Senate (58 - 40)
Yea
10/13/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
Yea
5/05/98 HR 1385 Training Programs bill
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 7)
Yea
6/25/97 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 27)
Nay
8/02/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
Yea
8/01/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (78 - 21)
Nay
7/23/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Nay
7/09/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
5/02/96 S Amdt 3840 Public Assistance to Legal Immigrants Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 60)
Yea
4/30/96 S Amdt 3820 Legal Immigrants Assistance Eligibility Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
2/07/96 S 1541 Farm Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 32)
Nay
12/22/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 47)
Nay
9/19/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
Nay
9/14/95 S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61)
Yea
10/18/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 15)
Yea
9/29/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 17)
Yea

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