FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

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.

November 20, 2017
T.J. Coles
Doomsday Scenarios: the UK’s Hair-Raising Admissions About the Prospect of Nuclear War and Accident
Peter Linebaugh
On the 800th Anniversary of the Charter of the Forest
Patrick Bond
Zimbabwe Witnessing an Elite Transition as Economic Meltdown Looms
Sheldon Richman
Assertions, Facts and CNN
Ben Debney
Plebiscites: Why Stop at One?
LV Filson
Yemen’s Collective Starvation: Where Money Can’t Buy Food, Water or Medicine
Thomas Knapp
Impeachment Theater, 2017 Edition
Binoy Kampmark
Trump in Asia
Curtis FJ Doebbler
COP23: Truth Without Consequences?
Louisa Willcox
Obesity in Bears: Vital and Beautiful
Deborah James
E-Commerce and the WTO
Ann Garrison
Burundi Defies the Imperial Criminal Court: an Interview with John Philpot
Robert Koehler
Trapped in ‘a Man’s World’
Stephen Cooper
Wiping the Stain of Capital Punishment Clean
Weekend Edition
November 17, 2017
Friday - Sunday
Paul Street
Thank an Anti-War Veteran
Andrew Levine
What’s Wrong With Bible Thumpers Nowadays?
Jeffrey St. Clair - Alexander Cockburn
The CIA’s House of Horrors: the Abominable Dr. Gottlieb
Wendy Wolfson – Ken Levy
Why We Need to Take Animal Cruelty Much More Seriously
Mike Whitney
Brennan and Clapper: Elder Statesmen or Serial Fabricators?
David Rosen
Of Sex Abusers and Sex Offenders
Ryan LaMothe
A Christian Nation?
Dave Lindorff
Trump’s Finger on the Button: Why No President Should Have the Authority to Launch Nuclear Weapons
W. T. Whitney
A Bizarre US Pretext for Military Intrusion in South America
Deepak Tripathi
Sex, Lies and Incompetence: Britain’s Ruling Establishment in Crisis 
Howard Lisnoff
Who You’re Likely to Meet (and Not Meet) on a College Campus Today
Roy Morrison
Trump’s Excellent Asian Adventure
John W. Whitehead
Financial Tyranny
Ted Rall
How Society Makes Victimhood a No-Win Proposition
Jim Goodman
Stop Pretending the Estate Tax has Anything to do With Family Farmers
Thomas Klikauer
The Populism of Germany’s New Nazis
Murray Dobbin
Is Trudeau Ready for a Middle East war?
Jeiddy Martínez Armas
Firearm Democracy
Jill Richardson
Washington’s War on Poor Grad Students
Ralph Nader
The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law
Justin O'Hagan
Capitalism Equals Peace?
Matthew Stevenson
Into Africa: From the Red Sea to Nairobi
Geoff Dutton
The Company We Sadly Keep
Evan Jones
The Censorship of Jacques Sapir, French Dissident
Linn Washington Jr.
Meek Moment Triggers Demands for Justice Reform
Gerry Brown
TPP, Indo Pacific, QUAD: What’s Next to Contain China’s Rise?
Robert Fisk
The Exile of Saad Hariri
Romana Rubeo - Ramzy Baroud
Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara is Winning in Italy
Robert J. Burrowes
Why are Police in the USA so Terrified?
Chuck Collins
Stop Talking About ‘Winners and Losers’ From Corporate Tax Cuts
Ron Jacobs
Private Property Does Not Equal Freedom
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail