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John Edwards' Voting Records on Issue:

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 11, 2004 S Amdt 3114 Unemployment Benefits Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(59 - 40)
May 8, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 35)
Feb. 13, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Bill Passed - Senate
(58 - 40)
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3689 Social Security and Medicare Surplus Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 43)
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3690 Off-budget Lockbox Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 37)
June 22, 2000 S Amdt 3598 Outpatient Prescription Drugs Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Oct. 13, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)

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