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Russ Feingold's Voting Records on Issue: Government Operations

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 6, 2009 S Amdt 2588 Prohibiting Federal Funding of Mandatory Arbitration Contracts Amendment Adopted - Senate
(68 - 30)
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(41 - 57)
July 30, 1998 S Amdt 3379 Federal Election Commission Term Length Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(45 - 54)
April 28, 1998 HR 1757 State Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Oct. 3, 1996 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 2)
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(78 - 21)
July 23, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
July 11, 1995 S Amdt 1497 Small Business Impact Analysis Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 45)
July 10, 1995 S Amdt 1491 Small Business Impact Analyses Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 36)

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