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Arlen Specter's Voting Records on Issue: Constitution

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 27, 2006 S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Resolution Failed - Senate
(66 - 34)
Yea
June 7, 2006 S J Res 1 Same Sex Marriage Resolution Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(49 - 48)
Nay
July 14, 2004 S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(48 - 50)
Yea
March 29, 2000 S J Res 14 Flag Desecration amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(63 - 37)
Yea
June 6, 1996 H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
April 23, 1996 S J Res 21 Term Limits bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 42)
Yea
Dec. 12, 1995 S J Res 31 Flag Desecration Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(63 - 36)
Yea
March 2, 1995 H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(65 - 35)
Yea
March 1, 1994 S J Res 41 Balanced Budget amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(63 - 37)
Yea

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