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Arlen Specter's Voting Records on Issue: Finance and Banking

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 16, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 38)
Yea
July 29, 2010 S Amdt 4519 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 42)
Yea
July 15, 2010 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
May 19, 2010 S Amdt 3746 Allowing States to Limit Credit Card Interest Rates Amendment Rejected - Senate
(35 - 60)
Did Not Vote
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4034 Federal Preemption Over State Consumer Financial Laws Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Did Not Vote
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4071 Amending State Authority to Enforce Consumer Financial Regulations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(80 - 18)
Did Not Vote
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4072 Inspector General Appointment Modification Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 21)
Did Not Vote
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4114 Credit Default Swap Regulations Amendment Tabled - Senate
(57 - 38)
Did Not Vote
May 13, 2010 S Amdt 3832 Establishing Bankruptcy Process for Non-bank Financial Institutions Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 58)
Nay
May 13, 2010 S Amdt 3987 Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Termination Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 55)
Nay
May 13, 2010 S Amdt 3989 Debit Card Fee Regulations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(64 - 33)
Yea
May 13, 2010 S Amdt 3991 Credit Rating Agency Board Amendment Adopted - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
May 12, 2010 S Amdt 3816 Derivatives Regulation Modifications Amendment Rejected - Senate
(39 - 59)
Nay
May 12, 2010 S Amdt 3955 Establishing New Mortgage Underwriting Requirements and Eliminating a Risk Retention Requirement Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 57)
Nay
May 12, 2010 S Amdt 3962 Home Loan Regulation Modifications Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 36)
Yea
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3760 Federal Reserve Audit Amendment Rejected - Senate
(37 - 62)
Nay
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3938 Study on Ending the Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 36)
Yea
May 6, 2010 S Amdt 3826 Consumer Financial Protection Division Within The FDIC Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 61)
Nay
Feb. 24, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(70 - 28)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2010 PN 959-111 Ben S. Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(70 - 30)
Nay
Jan. 15, 2009 S J Res 5 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(42 - 52)
Yea
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Yea
June 25, 2008 S Amdt 4983 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 16)
Yea
March 14, 2006 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
March 10, 2005 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Yea
July 15, 2002 S 2673 Accounting Industry Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2000 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 14)
Yea
May 13, 1998 S 1260 Securities Litigation Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 21)
Yea
Dec. 22, 1995 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Veto Override Passed - Senate
(68 - 30)
Nay
Dec. 5, 1995 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(65 - 30)
Nay
June 28, 1995 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 30)
Nay
Nov. 20, 1993 S 714 Resolution Trust Corporation Completion Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 45)
Nay
May 13, 1993 S 714 Resolution Trust Corporation Completion Act Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 35)
Nay

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