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Joseph Lieberman’s Senate Voting Record

by Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair

 Joseph Lieberman’s
Senate Voting Record

Bill

Vote

2000

Require so-called 527 political
groups to disclose contribution and expenditure information (Senate
Vote 160)

Y

Extend certain tariff benefits to
the nations of the Caribbean, Central America and sub-Saharan
Africa (Senate Vote 98)

Y

1999

Remove barriers among banking, securities
and insurance industries (Senate Vote 354)

Y

Support Roe v. Wade right to abortion
(Senate Vote 337)

Y

Limit debate on banning “soft
money” campaign contributions (Senate Vote 331)

Y

Ratify Comprehensive Nuclear Test
Ban Treaty (Senate Vote 325)

Y

Support study of automotive fuel
efficiency standards (Senate Vote 275)

Y

Kill amendment to ban all trade
sanctions on food and medicine (Senate Vote 251)

Y

Reduce federal taxes by $792 billion
over 10 years (Senate Vote 247)

N

Approve GOP patient protections
and health-related tax incentives (Senate Vote 210)

N

Kill amendment to prohibit deployment
of ground troops to Kosovo without congressional approval (Senate
Vote 145)

Y

Require background checks on sales
at gun shows (Senate Vote 134)

Y

Kill amendment to authorize state
grants to hire teachers and reduce class size (Senate Vote 41)

N

Remove President Clinton — Article
I, grand jury perjury (Senate Vote 17)

N

Remove President Clinton — Article
II, obstruction of justice (Senate Vote 18)

N

Dismiss impeachment charges against
President Clinton (Senate Vote 4)

Y

1998

Clear $500 billion-plus omnibus
spending bill (Senate Vote 314)

Y

Ban “partial-birth” abortions
(Senate Vote 277)

N

Kill proposal to limit president’s
ability to impose economic sanctions (Senate Vote 201)

Y

Prohibit same-sex military barracks
and basic training (Senate Vote 180)

N

Approve tax-sheltered education
savings accounts (Senate Vote 169)

Y

Limit debate on bill to increase
tobacco restrictions (Senate Vote 161)

Y

Expand visa program for skilled
workers (Senate Vote 141)

Y

Limit NATO expansion to Poland,
Hungary and the Czech Republic (Senate Vote 112)

N

Provide $17.9 billion for the International
Monetary Fund (Senate Vote 44)

Y

Limit debate on McCain-Feingold
plan to overhaul campaign finance laws (Senate Vote 16

Y

Ban human cloning (Senate Vote
10)

N

1997

Authorize president to make fast-track
trade pacts (Senate Vote 292)

Y

Overturn line-item vetoes of 36
military projects (Senate Vote 287)

N

Create educational savings accounts
(Senate Vote 288)

Y

Support campaign finance overhaul
(Senate Vote 267)

Y

Earmark most NEA funds for state
block grants (Senate Vote 246)

N

Approve means-based testing for
Medicare insurance premiums (Senate Vote 113)

Y

Approve GOP budget to cut spending
and taxes (Senate Vote 92)

Y

Ban “partial birth” abortions
(Senate Vote 71)

N

Allow workers to choose between
overtime and compensatory time (Senate Vote 68)

N

Approve chemical weapons ban (Senate
Vote 51)

Y

Approve interim nuclear waste repository
(Senate Vote 42)

N

Approve balanced-budget constitutional
amendment (Senate Vote 24)

N

1996

Ban most partial-birth abortions
(Senate Vote 301)

N

Prohibit job discrimination based
on sexual orientation (Senate Vote 281)

Y

Replace federal welfare guarantee
with block grants to the states (Senate Vote 262)

Y

Establish a temporary nuclear waste
storage site in Nevada (Senate Vote 259)

N

Exempt small businesses from minimum
wage increase (Senate Vote 183)

N

Consider a bill overhauling campaign
finance laws (Senate Vote 168)

Y

Approve a constitutional amendment
to require a balanced federal budget (Senate Vote 158)

N

Bipartisan plan to balance the
budget in seven years (Senate Vote 150)

Y

Block a plan to allow tax-deductible
medical savings accounts (Senate Vote 72)

Y

Grant the president line-item veto
authority (Senate Vote 56)

Y

Limit punitive damages in product
liability cases (Senate Vote 46)

Y

Strengthen the trade embargo against
Cuba (Senate Vote 22)

Y

Replace farm price supports with
seven years of annual fixed payments (Senate Vote 19)

Y

Replace farm price supports with
seven years of annual fixed payments (Senate Vote 19)

Y

Deregulate telecommunications industry
(Senate Vote 8)

Y

1995

Restrict class-action securities
lawsuits (Senate Vote 612)

Y

Approve constitutional amendment
prohibiting flag burning (Senate Vote 600)

N

Ban an abortion technique that
opponents call ‘partial birth’ abortion (Senate Vote 596)

N

Approve budget-reconciliation package
(Senate Vote 556)

N

Approve federal welfare overhaul
(Senate Vote 443)

Y

Approve fiscal 1996 Defense Appropriations
(Senate Vote 397)

Y

Require Packwood hearings to be
held publicly (Senate Vote 352)

Y

Exclude certain items from gift
ban (Senate Vote 339)

N

End Bosnian arms embargo (Senate
Vote 331)

Y

Approve lobbyist reporting requirements
(Senate Vote 328)

Y

Approve federal regulatory overhaul
(Senate Vote 315)

N

Confirm Dr. Henry W. Foster Jr.
as Surgeon General (Senate Vote 273)

Y

Repeal federal speed limits (Senate
Vote 270)

N

Approve deregulation of telecommunications
industries (Senate Vote 268)

N

Approve cap on punitive damages
in product liability cases (Senate Vote 152)

Y

Approve presidential line-item
veto (Senate Vote 115)

Y

Approve balanced-budget constitutional
amendment (Senate Vote 98)

N

1994

Waive Senate budget rules to allow
GATT vote (Senate Vote 328)

Y

Invoke cloture on California desert
protection bill (Senate Vote 326)

Y

Invoke cloture on lobbying disclosure
and gift ban bill (Senate Vote 322)

N

Invoke cloture on bill to set voluntary
campaign spending caps (Senate Vote 314)

Y

Waive Senate budget rules to allow
crime bill vote (Senate Vote 293)

Y

Approve fiscal 1996 Defense Appropriations
(Senate Vote 397)

Y

Permit new regulations to require
the use of ethanol in gasoline (Senate Vote 255)

N

End U.S. arms embargo on Bosnia
(Senate Vote 181)

Y

Invoke cloture on bill to limit
product liability (Senate Vote 170)

Y

Bar military action in Haiti without
Congress’ authorization (Senate Vote 172)

N

Require risk assessments of some
new EPA regulations (Senate Vote 117)

Y

Safeguard access to abortion clinics
(Senate Vote 112)

Y

Passage of budget resolution preserving
spending levels (Senate Vote 113)

Y

Approve balanced-budget constitutional
amendment (Senate Vote 48)

N

Kill amendment to reduce budget
spending by $94 billion (Senate Vote 35)

N

Approve national education standards
(Senate Vote 34)

Y

End U.S. trade embargo on Vietnam
(Senate Vote 5)

Y

1993

Approve five-day waiting period
for handgun purchases (Senate Vote 394)

Y

Invoke cloture on California desert
protection bill (Senate Vote 326)

Y

Approve NAFTA (Senate Vote 395)

Y

Ban certain semiautomatic assault
weapons (Senate Vote 375)

Y

Limit subpoena of Packwood diaries
to ethics related entries (Senate Vote 347)

N

Cut U.S. military funding in Somalia
after troop withdrawal (Senate Vote 314)

Y

Allow federal abortion funding
(Senate Vote 290)

Y

Provide foreign aid including aid
for the former Soviet Union (Senate Vote 287)

Y

Bar higher grazing fees and other
public land reforms (Senate Vote 266)

N

Allow the president to determine
if gays serve in the military (Senate Vote 250)

Y

Reduce spending for the Ballistic
Missile Defense program (Senate Vote 251)

N

Authorize funds for the National
Service program (Senate Vote 231)

Y

Confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg to
the Supreme Court (Senate Vote 232)

Y

Pass Clinton budget raising taxes
and cutting spending (Senate Vote 190)

Y

Provide incentives to candidates
to limit campaign spending (Senate Vote 158)

Y

Move to vote on President Clinton’s
economic stimulus plan (Senate Vote 105)

Y

Approve budget increasing taxes
and reducing deficit (Senate Vote 83)

Y

Approve national “motor voter”
registration bill (Senate Vote 38)

Y

Require unpaid family and medical
leave (Senate Vote 11)

Y

Support president’s right to lift
military gay ban (Senate Vote 9)

Y

1992

Reauthorize water projects in Utah
and California (Senate Vote 267)

Y

Override veto of cable TV rate
cap bill (Senate Vote 264)

Y

Allow abortion counseling at federally-funded
clinics (Senate Vote 254)

Y

Provide $26.5 billion for foreign
assistance (Senate Vote 256)

Y

Reduce enterprise zones and IRA
deductions (Senate Vote 240)

N

Override family and medical leave
veto (Senate Vote 232)

Y

Impose 9-month moratorium on nuclear
testing (Senate Vote 217)

Y

Oppose deeper cuts in spending
for SDI (Senate Vote 182)

N

Provide extended unemployment benefits
(Senate Vote 145)

Y

Reject grace period before suspending
Russian aid (Senate Vote 139)

Y

Override campaign finance reform
veto (Senate Vote 88)

Y

Reject lifting fetal tissue research
ban (Senate Vote 61)

N

Allow shifting funds from defense
to domestic programs (Senate Vote 56)

N

Reject stricter nuclear power licensing
procedures (Senate Vote 20)

N

Approve school-choice pilot program
(Senate Vote 5)

Y

1991

Authorize $500 million to dismantle
Soviet nuclear weapons (Senate Vote 274)

Y

Confirm Robert Gates as CIA director
(Senate Vote 243)

Y

Invoke cloture on consideration
of energy bill (Senate Vote 242)

N

Pass Civil Rights Act of 1991 (Senate
Vote 238)

Y

Confirm Clarence Thomas to Supreme
Court (Senate Vote 220)

N

Provide 12 weeks of family leave
for workers (Senate Vote 215)

Y

Provide up to 20 additional weeks
of unemployment benefits (Senate Vote 213)

Y

Transfer $3.1 billion to domestic
programs from defense (Senate Vote 182)

N

Kill amendment to allow women to
fly as combat pilots (Senate Vote 167)

N

Kill amendment to prevent deployment
of anti-missile system (Senate Vote 169)

Y

Tie China’s most-favored trade
status to human-rights progress (Senate Vote 142)

Y

Raise senators’ pay and ban honoraria
(Senate Vote 133)

Y

Appropriate $509 million for superconducting
super collider (Senate Vote 121)

Y

Approve waiting period for handgun
purchases (Senate Vote 115)

Y

Lower federal share of costs for
interstate-highway repair (Senate Vote 97)

Y

Authorize use of force in Persian
Gulf (Senate Vote 2)

Y

1990

Oppose prohibition of certain semiautomatic
weapons (Senate Vote 103)

N

Confirm Robert Gates as CIA director
(Senate Vote 243)

Y

Support constitutional amendment
on flag desecration (Senate Vote 128)

N

Oppose requiring parental notice
for minors’ abortions (Senate Vote 266)

Y

Halt production of B-2 stealth
bomber at 13 planes (Senate Vote 272)

Y

Approve budget that cut spending
and raised revenues (Senate Vote 292)

N

Pass civil rights bill over Bush
veto (Senate Vote 304)

Y

1989

Oppose reduction of SDI funding
(Senate Vote 148)

N

Kill amendment to allow women to
fly as combat pilots (Senate Vote 167)

N

Oppose barring federal funds for
“obscene” art (Senate Vote 216)

Y

Allow vote on capital gains tax
cut (Senate Vote 295)

Y

Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His new book is Killing Trayvons: an Anthology of American Violence (with JoAnn Wypijewski and Kevin Alexander Gray). He can be reached at: sitka@comcast.net. Alexander Cockburn’s Guillotined! and A Colossal Wreck are available from CounterPunch.

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