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Key Votes

Robert Byrd's Voting Records on Issue: Unemployed and Low-Income

Full Name: Robert C. Byrd
Gender: Male
Family: Widowed; 2 Children: Mona, Marjorie
Birth Date: 11/20/1917
Birth Place: North Wilkesboro, NC
Home City: Sophia, WV
Religion: Baptist

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 38)
Yea
March 10, 2010 HR 4213 Extending Unemployment Benefits and Certain Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 22, 2009 S Amdt 3276 Senate Health Care Bill Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Cloture Invoked - Senate
(87 - 13)
Yea
July 26, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 13)
Yea
July 26, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 35)
Yea
June 26, 2008 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(92 - 6)
Yea
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(80 - 14)
Did Not Vote
May 22, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(82 - 13)
Yea
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 22)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 15)
Yea
Dec. 14, 2007 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 1, 2007 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 30)
Yea
Sept. 27, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(67 - 29)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Yea
Aug. 3, 2006 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
June 21, 2006 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 46)
Yea
June 21, 2006 S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 53)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 S Con Res 74 Removal of ANWR Provision from HR 2863 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(48 - 45)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2348 Medicaid Generic Drug Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(54 - 43)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Oct. 5, 2005 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 49)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 2)
Yea
May 11, 2004 S Amdt 3114 Unemployment Benefits Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(59 - 40)
Yea
May 8, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Bill Passed - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
Oct. 13, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
May 5, 1998 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 7)
Yea
June 25, 1997 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 27)
Nay
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(76 - 22)
Yea
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(78 - 21)
Yea
July 23, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
Yea
July 9, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
Yea
May 2, 1996 S Amdt 3840 Public Assistance to Legal Immigrants Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 60)
Nay
April 30, 1996 S Amdt 3820 Legal Immigrants Assistance Eligibility Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
Feb. 7, 1996 S 1541 Farm Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 32)
Nay
Dec. 22, 1995 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Sept. 19, 1995 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 14, 1995 S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(37 - 61)
Nay
Oct. 18, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(80 - 15)
Yea
Sept. 29, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(82 - 17)
Yea

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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