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Arlen Specter's Voting Records on Issue: Trade

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 4, 2009 S Amdt 279 Removing the Buy American Clause Amendment Rejected - Senate
(31 - 65)
Nay
May 22, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(82 - 13)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 15)
Yea
March 14, 2008 S Amdt 4299 Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the Legalization of Importing Certain Prescription Drugs Amendment Adopted - Senate
(73 - 23)
Yea
Dec. 4, 2007 HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 18)
Yea
Sept. 11, 2007 S Amdt 2797 Limiting Mexican Trucks to Commercial Zones Near the Border Between the U.S. and Mexico Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 23)
Yea
June 19, 2007 S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007) Amendment Adopted - Senate
(70 - 23)
Yea
May 7, 2007 S Amdt 1010 FDA Drug Import Certification Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 40)
Yea
Sept. 19, 2006 HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 32)
Yea
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
June 29, 2006 S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 34)
Yea
July 28, 2005 HR 3045 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay
July 26, 2005 S AMDT 1351 Corporate Financing of Terrorism Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
June 30, 2005 S 1307 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(54 - 45)
Nay
Oct. 11, 2004 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(69 - 17)
Did Not Vote
May 11, 2004 S 1637 Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 5)
Yea
July 31, 2003 HR 2738 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 32)
Yea
July 31, 2003 HR 2739 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 32)
Nay
Aug. 1, 2002 HR 3009 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 34)
Yea
July 31, 2002 S 812 Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 21)
Yea
Sept. 19, 2000 HR 4444 U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 15)
Nay
Sept. 13, 2000 S Amdt 4132 China Nonproliferation Act Amendment Tabled - Senate
(65 - 32)
Nay
May 11, 2000 HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(77 - 19)
Yea
Nov. 3, 1999 HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill Bill Passed - Senate
(76 - 19)
Yea
July 17, 1997 S Amdt 890 Most Favored Nation Repeal Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(22 - 77)
Nay
March 5, 1996 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 22)
Yea
Oct. 19, 1995 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
Yea
Dec. 1, 1994 HR 5110 Uruguay Round Agreements Act Bill Passed - Senate
(76 - 24)
Yea
July 1, 1994 S Amdt 1851 Bosnia Arms Embargo Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
May 12, 1994 S Amdt 1695 Bosnia Arms Embargo Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(50 - 49)
Yea
Jan. 27, 1994 S Amdt 1263 Vietnam Trade Embargo Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 38)
Nay
Nov. 20, 1993 HR 3450 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 38)
Yea
June 30, 1993 HR 1876 GATT Uruguay Round Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(76 - 16)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 1, 1992 HR 5318 Conditional Extension of Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status to China Veto Override Failed - Senate
(59 - 40)
Yea

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