AllPolitics - Senate Key Vote Descriptions - Dec. 19, 1996

  • Senate Key Vote Descriptions 1996 SENATE KEY VOTES Telecommunications The Senate, like the House, adopted the conference report on legislation providing for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's telecommunications regulations (S652) Feb

  • The Senate vote was 91-5; R 51-1; D 40-4 (ND 30-4, SD 10-0)

  • Yet the vote almost did not happen, as the Senate struggled to complete a years-long process of building the complicated legislation

  • In January, Dole stepped up his opposition, insisting he would not allow a vote on the S652 conference report until the bill explicitly prohibited what he called a giveaway of electromagnetic spectrum to the television broadcasters

  • In the days leading up to the Senate vote, Daschle appeared to have the edge

  • Frustrated Republicans tried to invoke cloture and cut off debate, but fell seven votes short Feb

  • But the amendment failed on a tie vote, 48-48

  • With 20 Democrats abandoning Daschle to vote for the farm bill, the measure passed by a vote of 64-32: R 44-6; D 20-26 (ND 13-23, SD 7-3)

  • The vote was 74-22: R 47-4; D 27-18 (ND 19-17, SD 8-1)

  • Given the supercharged atmosphere for Cuban issues and Clinton's desire to court conservative Cuban-American voters in advance of November's election, a presidential veto was out of the question

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  • But his nomination has been stalled for partisan reasons for nearly 2 years in which the Senate has not held a vote either to confirm or to reject the nomination

  • The Senate has a solemn responsibility to exercise its constitutional advice and consent function and hold up or down votes on judicial nominees within a reasonable time after nomination

  • Senators who are filibustering a vote on Miguel Estrada are flouting the intention of the United States Constitution and the tradition of the United States Senate

  • The filibuster is the culmination of an escalating series of back-and-forth tactics that have marred the judicial confirmation process for years, as many judicial nominees have never received up or down Senate votes

  • Because of the Senate's failure to hold timely votes, the number of judicial vacancies has been unacceptably high during my Presidency and those of President Bill Clinton and President George H.W

  • In June 2000, I proposed timely votes for all nominees, stating that the confirmation process 'does not empower anyone to turn the process into a protracted ordeal of unreasonable delay and unrelenting investigation.' In May 2001, when I announced my first judicial nominations, I urged the Senate to rise above the bitterness of the past and again asked that every judicial nominee receive a timely up or down vote

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  • McCain Featured In Anti-Death Tax Video Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)—who was one of just two GOP Senators to vote against efforts to permanently repeal the Death Tax in 2001, when a long-dreamed-of Senate vote fell just short of passage—is the subject of a paid video advertisement that will appear beginning tomorrow on more than a dozen high-traffic conservative blogs in key primary states and will be emailed to millions of conservative activists, the American Family Business Institute (AFBI), Death Tax Targeted For Extinction In American Family Business Institute Media Campaign A powerful television spot aimed squarely at four U.S

  • Senators whose votes next month may decide whether the hugely controversial “death tax” lives or dies—Max Baucus (D) of Montana, Olympia Snow (R) of Maine, and Mark Pryor (D) and Blanche Lincoln (D) of Arkansas—will begin airing this week in Montana, Arkansas and Maine, the American Family Business Institute (AFBI) today announced

  • Wall Street Journal: Bill Frist to Schedule Death Tax Vote Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is doing all he can to put highly visible issues on the Senate calendar as he prepares to leave office later this year and launch his possible 2008 presidential bid

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    Background information about filibusters and cloture from the US Senate Historian.

  • The term filibuster -- from a Dutch word meaning 'pirate' -- became popular in the 1850s, when it was applied to efforts to hold the Senate floor in order to prevent a vote on a bill

  • Three quarters of a century later, in 1917, senators adopted a rule (Rule 22), at the urging President Woodrow Wilson, that allowed the Senate to end a debate with a two-thirds majority vote, a device known as '.' The new Senate rule was first put to the test in 1919, when the Senate invoked cloture to end a filibuster against the Treaty of Versailles

  • Even with the new cloture rule, filibusters remained an effective means to block legislation, since a two-thirds vote is difficult to obtain

  • Over the next five decades, the Senate occasionally tried to invoke cloture, but usually failed to gain the necessary two-thirds vote

  • In 1975, the Senate reduced the number of votes required for cloture from two-thirds to three-fifths, or sixty of the current one hundred senators

    Testimony before the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs argues that
    voting representation and statehood for the District are unconstitutional.

  • PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROVIDING DISTRICT CITIZENS WITH VOTING RIGHTS IN CONGRESS                 Upon two thirds vote of both houses of Congress, Congress can propose a constitutional amendment to be submitted to the states for ratification.  U.S

  •                 As to the wisdom of the policy of providing District citizens with two Senate votes ( above and beyond the oft repeated “equality-one person one vote” principles ), there is much to be said for a formula that, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, would provide for increased representation of urban interests in the Senate

  •                 Four related points of particular interest to me  warrant brief mention here.  First, one could argue that it is unconstitutional to provide  voting rights in the Senate to a non-State entity such as the District of Columbia, even by purported constitutional amendment.   As noted above, article V, which sets forth the constitutional amendment process, provides in its last sentence that “no State, without its consent, shall be deprived of it’s equal suffrage in the Senate.”  What exactly does this mean?  Does it imply that the constitutional provision concerning the make-up of the Senate is, in effect, unamendable, and that it would take a unanimous vote of the States to ratify a constitutional amendment providing for D.C

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  • (2/12) Four of the who voted to acquit the president talk with Margaret Warner

  • (2/12) t look at the implications of the Senate's votes

  • (2/12) In from the Rose Garden the president reacts to the vote

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  • 147 DOES NOT : Factual information, legal analyses and other background material on the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act "People Seeking Wisdom" chant for the Hawaiian Nation Senate vote falls short on Akaka Bill The Native Hawaiian federal recognition legislation popularly known as the “Akaka Bill” has fallen four “ayes” short of the total it needed to pass a procedural vote that would have forced it to the U.S

  • time, senators voted 56-41 in favor of the procedural motion, known as “cloture”; however, the total was short of the 60 votes needed to advance the measure

  • Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the bill’s main sponsor and namesake, has said he will still try to get a vote on the bill this session

  • "The bill still stands except that we cannot bring the bill to the floor, " Akaka told The Honolulu Advertiser prior to the vote

  • Onipaa (stand fast).” All of the Senate Democrats in attendance voted in favor of the cloture motion on the bill, along with 13 Republicans and Independent Jim Jeffords

  • Rockefeller IV (West Virginia) and Charles Schumer (New York) did not vote on the measure, along with Republican Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), one of the bill’s cosponsors

    Senate Orders Regarding Voting Procedure
    The Standing Orders of the US Senate require Senators to vote from their desks.

  • | SEARCH VIDEO ARCHIVES COMMUNITY LOG IN User name: Password: New Member? FEATURES • • • • • RESOURCES • • • • • • • • • • • Watch and Listen links require the I heard Senator Byrd admonish the other Senators on the floor that they should vote while seated at their desks instead of going up to the clerks at the rostrum to vote

  • I've never seen them vote seated

  • Is that really a requirement? Alexandria, Virginia - 7/21/00 Senators sit at their desks during the vote on NATO expansion

  • Click on picture for larger image Yes, it is actually a requirement for ALL votes held in the Senate! However, the Senate rarely enforces this regulation, except for votes of high significance when formality seems appropriate to mark the occasion

  • Most recently, Senators voted from their desks during President Clinton's impeachment trial in January, 1999

  • Senators also elected to vote from their desks on April 30, 1998 for the vote ratifying the NATO Expansion Treaty; on March 5, 1997, when they defeated the proposed Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, and on October 15, 1991 when they voted to confirm the nomination of Justice Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court

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  • Whether it was a vote to change the course in Iraq, fix our broken health care system, or a departure from politics as usual in Washington, D.C., the people of Connecticut are tired of the status quo

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  • The override vote will signal a transition to a licensing and construction phase that is likely to be fraught with legal roadblocks

  • After a 60-39 vote to proceed with the measure, the chamber passed the resolution by voice vote

  • The Senate vote, along with the House's passage of in May, overrides the Nevada governor's objection to the site and effectively ends the congressional consideration

  • (6/7/02) The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted 13-10 in favor of, which would override Guinn's notice of disapproval for the Yucca Mountain site

  • The votes against the override included nine Democrats and Sen

  • Ed Markey (D-MA), who opposes the resolution, raised the concern that the large number of waste shipments to Nevada would result in a large number of targets for terrorists: 'It's not a short distance from box cutters to box cars.' According to E&E Daily , the House is expected to vote on the resolution by early May

  • 87 by a 24-2 vote

  • Two days later the House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted in favor of the resolution 41-6

  • On May 8th, the full House of Representatives voted in favor of H.J.Res

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  • 611) Only Articles I and III were approved; see roll call votes below Library of Congress Copy Transcripts of Dec

  • 18-19 Debate on House Floor (HTML format) Transcripts via THOMAS (Library of Congress) (Washington Post) Excerpts of debate on the House floor, December 18, 1998 Roll Call Votes on December 19, 1998 (Passed) (Defeated) (Passed) (Defeated) Censure Resolution (CNN) Dated December 9, 1998 HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE Background The purpose was to determine whether there was grounds for a formal impeachment inquiry The House Floor had to approve the conduct of the formal inquiry Proposed Resolutions John Conyers announced an alternative Democratic resolution on October 2 (CourtTV) Proposed on October 1 Transcripts of Hearing (CNN) Text of Republican and Democratic speeches Text of presentations by attorneys Schippers (Republican) and Lowell (Democratic) House Judiciary Committee Independent Counsel Report Republican statements at Oct

  • a short trial with a straw vote Article dated January 4, 1999 (S.Res.16) Bipartisan plan adopted unanimously on January 8, 1999 Calls for trial to begin on January 13, presentations, vote on dismissal, and vote on witnesses failing successful dismissal vote Modifications on Witnesses (January 28) Witnesses will be deposed, Feb - Candidates on the Issues
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  • Smith also said he would vote against the bill if it came to the Senate floor, the spokesman said

  • 'Everyone should make their arguments pro and con.' Until now, vote counters had found only 59 of the 60 senators needed to break a filibuster to allow a Senate vote on the House-passed bill

  • But the Senate bill had only 59 supporters, one vote shy of the 60 needed to break a filibuster that would block the bill

  • Ted Stevens, R-Alaska told the GOP leadership he would switch his vote and oppose the legislation -- bringing the number of Senate supporters back to 59

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  • > National Popular Vote Plan Passes California Senate Progress continues toward presidential elections in which every vote is equal Legislation to bring California into the National Popular Vote plan to reform presidential elections passed the Senate by a margin of 23 to 14

  • The bill now returns to the Assembly to reconcile the two versions.The National Popular Vote plan continues to gain support across the country

  • Day Two, Friday: By a margin of 12 to 1, the Minneapolis City Council voted again to put instant runoff voting on the ballot for November

  • The vote reaffirms a May 26 vote to use IRV for city elections

  • FairVote's Busy Outreach Week FairVote reforms get strong coverage from major media outlets and power players across the country Through radio, press conference, and meetings FairVote is getting the call for reform out to every interested party

  • This week FairVote's Rob Richie is appearing on Open Source Radio, and radio shows like the Ambrose Lane Show and Kojo Nnamdi Show in Washington D.C., and The Breakfast Club in Manitowoc (WI)

  • Along with Tennessee Congressmen John Tanner (D) and Zack Wamp (R), FairVote Chair John Anderson held a press conference on legislation to reform existing redistricting laws


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