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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Dec. 22, 1995 National HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Veto Override Passed - Senate (68 - 30)
Dec. 22, 1995 National HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 47)
Dec. 21, 1995 National HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (245 - 178)
Dec. 20, 1995 National HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Veto Override Passed - House (319 - 100)
Dec. 19, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 43)
Dec. 15, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House (267 - 149)
Dec. 14, 1995 National HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
Dec. 14, 1995 National HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (58 - 40)
Dec. 14, 1995 National HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 16)
Dec. 13, 1995 National HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (244 - 181)
Dec. 13, 1995 National S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
Dec. 13, 1995 National HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House (210 - 218)
Dec. 12, 1995 National S J Res 31 Flag Desecration Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (63 - 36)
Dec. 7, 1995 National HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (227 - 190)
Dec. 7, 1995 National HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - Senate (50 - 48)
Dec. 7, 1995 National HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44)
Dec. 6, 1995 National HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - House (256 - 166)
Dec. 6, 1995 National HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - House (320 - 102)
Dec. 6, 1995 National HR 660 Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3)
Dec. 5, 1995 National HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 30)
Nov. 29, 1995 National HR 2564 Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (421 - 0)
Nov. 28, 1995 National H Amdt 903 Prohibit Federal Funds for Lobbying Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 238)
Nov. 17, 1995 National S 440 National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 16)
Nov. 17, 1995 National HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill Bill Passed - House (243 - 171)
Nov. 16, 1995 National HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - Senate (59 - 39)
Nov. 16, 1995 National HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 158)
Nov. 16, 1995 National H J Res 122 Budget Balancing Bill Passed - House (277 - 151)
Nov. 16, 1995 National H J Res 122 Budget Balancing Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37)
Nov. 15, 1995 National HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House (374 - 52)
Nov. 15, 1995 National HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - Senate (63 - 35)
Nov. 2, 1995 National HR 2546 Appropriations Bill FY 96, District of Columbia Bill Passed - House (224 - 191)
Nov. 1, 1995 National H Amdt 890 Domestic Partners Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (249 - 172)
Nov. 1, 1995 National HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 6)
Nov. 1, 1995 National HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (288 - 139)
Oct. 31, 1995 National HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (351 - 71)
Oct. 31, 1995 National HR 2492 Appropriations Bill FY96, Legislative Branch Bill Passed - House (315 - 106)
Oct. 30, 1995 National H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution Resolution Passed - House (315 - 103)
Oct. 28, 1995 National HR 2491 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 47)
Oct. 26, 1995 National HR 2491 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - House (227 - 203)
Oct. 19, 1995 National HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Oct. 19, 1995 National HR 2425 Medicare Preservation Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (231 - 201)
Oct. 12, 1995 National HR 1976 Appropriations bill FY96, Agriculture Conference Report Adopted - House (288 - 132)
Oct. 12, 1995 National HR 2405 Omnibus Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (248 - 161)
Sept. 27, 1995 National HR 743 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (221 - 202)
Sept. 22, 1995 National HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (86 - 14)
Sept. 20, 1995 National H Amdt 814 Drinking and Driving Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (223 - 203)
Sept. 20, 1995 National H Amdt 808 Repeal National Speed Limit Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (112 - 313)
Sept. 20, 1995 National HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (326 - 98)
Sept. 19, 1995 National HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
Sept. 14, 1995 National S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61)
Sept. 7, 1995 National H Amdt 752 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Adopted - House (226 - 191)
Sept. 7, 1995 National HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Bill Passed - House (294 - 125)
Sept. 6, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34)
Aug. 10, 1995 National S Amdt 2401 Space-Based Laser Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (57 - 41)
Aug. 4, 1995 National HR 2127 Appropriations bill FY96, Labor, HHS, Education Bill Passed - House (219 - 208)
Aug. 3, 1995 National H Amdt 725 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (136 - 286)
July 31, 1995 National HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (228 - 193)
July 27, 1995 National S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 3)
July 26, 1995 National HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Bill Passed - House (272 - 151)
July 26, 1995 National S 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina Self-Defense Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
July 21, 1995 National HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 10)
July 21, 1995 National HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 7)
July 19, 1995 National HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House (216 - 211)
July 18, 1995 National HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (244 - 181)
July 11, 1995 National S Amdt 1497 Small Business Impact Analysis Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 45)
July 11, 1995 National HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (333 - 89)
July 10, 1995 National S Amdt 1491 Small Business Impact Analyses Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 36)
June 29, 1995 National H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (239 - 194)
June 29, 1995 National H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 46)
June 29, 1995 National HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - House (276 - 151)
June 28, 1995 National H Amdt 477 Abortion Funding Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (243 - 187)
June 28, 1995 National HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
June 28, 1995 National H J Res 79 Flag Desecration bill Joint Resolution Passed - House (312 - 120)
June 22, 1995 National PN 245 Henry W. Foster Jr., Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 43)
June 21, 1995 National S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
June 21, 1995 National HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (319 - 105)
June 20, 1995 National S Amdt 1437 Motorcycle Helmet Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
June 20, 1995 National S Amdt 1427 Commercial Vehicle Speed Limit Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
June 15, 1995 National H Amdt 436 Overseas Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 230)
June 15, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - House (300 - 126)
June 15, 1995 National S 652 Telecommunications Bill Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 18)
June 8, 1995 National HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (222 - 192)
June 7, 1995 National S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
June 6, 1995 National S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
May 25, 1995 National HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Conference Report Adopted - Senate (61 - 38)
May 25, 1995 National H Con Res 67 Fiscal 1996 Budget Resolution - Adoption Resolution Passed - Senate (57 - 42)
May 24, 1995 National H Amdt 403 Foreign Abortion Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 181)
May 18, 1995 National HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Conference Report Adopted - House (235 - 189)
May 18, 1995 National H Con Res 67 Budget FY1996 Appropriations Resolution Resolution Passed - House (238 - 193)
May 16, 1995 National HR 961 Comprehensive Wetlands Conservation and Management Act Bill Passed - House (240 - 185)
May 10, 1995 National HR 956 Product Liability bill Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37)
April 5, 1995 National HR 1215 Contract With America Tax Relief Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (246 - 188)
March 29, 1995 National H J Res 73 Term Limits bill Joint Resolution Failed - House (227 - 204)
March 24, 1995 National HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - House (234 - 199)
March 23, 1995 National S Amdt 350 Pay-As-You-Go Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (49 - 48)
March 23, 1995 National S 4 Line-Item Veto bill Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
March 16, 1995 National HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - House (227 - 200)
March 8, 1995 National HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Bill Passed - House (325 - 99)
March 3, 1995 National HR 925 Private Property Protection Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (277 - 148)
March 2, 1995 National H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (65 - 35)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/22 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Veto Override Passed - Senate (68 - 30)
12/22 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 47)
12/21 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (245 - 178)
12/20 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Veto Override Passed - House (319 - 100)
12/19 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 43)
12/15 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House (267 - 149)
12/14 HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
12/14 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (58 - 40)
12/14 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 16)
12/13 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (244 - 181)
12/13 S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
12/13 HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House (210 - 218)
12/12 S J Res 31 Flag Desecration Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (63 - 36)
12/07 HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (227 - 190)
12/07 HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - Senate (50 - 48)
12/07 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44)
12/06 HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - House (256 - 166)
12/06 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - House (320 - 102)
12/06 HR 660 Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3)
12/05 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 30)
11/29 HR 2564 Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (421 - 0)
11/28 H Amdt 903 Prohibit Federal Funds for Lobbying Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 238)
11/17 S 440 National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 16)
11/17 HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill Bill Passed - House (243 - 171)
11/16 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - Senate (59 - 39)
11/16 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 158)
11/16 H J Res 122 Budget Balancing Bill Passed - House (277 - 151)
11/16 H J Res 122 Budget Balancing Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37)
11/15 HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House (374 - 52)
11/15 HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - Senate (63 - 35)
11/02 HR 2546 Appropriations Bill FY 96, District of Columbia Bill Passed - House (224 - 191)
11/01 H Amdt 890 Domestic Partners Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (249 - 172)
11/01 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 6)
11/01 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (288 - 139)
10/31 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (351 - 71)
10/31 HR 2492 Appropriations Bill FY96, Legislative Branch Bill Passed - House (315 - 106)
10/30 H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution Resolution Passed - House (315 - 103)
10/28 HR 2491 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 47)
10/26 HR 2491 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - House (227 - 203)
10/19 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
10/19 HR 2425 Medicare Preservation Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (231 - 201)
10/12 HR 1976 Appropriations bill FY96, Agriculture Conference Report Adopted - House (288 - 132)
10/12 HR 2405 Omnibus Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (248 - 161)
9/27 HR 743 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (221 - 202)
9/22 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (86 - 14)
9/20 H Amdt 814 Drinking and Driving Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (223 - 203)
9/20 H Amdt 808 Repeal National Speed Limit Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (112 - 313)
9/20 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (326 - 98)
9/19 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
9/14 S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61)
9/07 H Amdt 752 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Adopted - House (226 - 191)
9/07 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Bill Passed - House (294 - 125)
9/06 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34)
8/10 S Amdt 2401 Space-Based Laser Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (57 - 41)
8/04 HR 2127 Appropriations bill FY96, Labor, HHS, Education Bill Passed - House (219 - 208)
8/03 H Amdt 725 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (136 - 286)
7/31 HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (228 - 193)
7/27 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 3)
7/26 HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Bill Passed - House (272 - 151)
7/26 S 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina Self-Defense Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
7/21 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 10)
7/21 HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 7)
7/19 HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House (216 - 211)
7/18 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (244 - 181)
7/11 S Amdt 1497 Small Business Impact Analysis Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 45)
7/11 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (333 - 89)
7/10 S Amdt 1491 Small Business Impact Analyses Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 36)
6/29 H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (239 - 194)
6/29 H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 46)
6/29 HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - House (276 - 151)
6/28 H Amdt 477 Abortion Funding Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (243 - 187)
6/28 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
6/28 H J Res 79 Flag Desecration bill Joint Resolution Passed - House (312 - 120)
6/22 PN 245 Henry W. Foster Jr., Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 43)
6/21 S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
6/21 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (319 - 105)
6/20 S Amdt 1437 Motorcycle Helmet Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
6/20 S Amdt 1427 Commercial Vehicle Speed Limit Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
6/15 H Amdt 436 Overseas Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 230)
6/15 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - House (300 - 126)
6/15 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 18)
6/08 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (222 - 192)
6/07 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
6/06 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
5/25 HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Conference Report Adopted - Senate (61 - 38)
5/25 H Con Res 67 Fiscal 1996 Budget Resolution - Adoption Resolution Passed - Senate (57 - 42)
5/24 H Amdt 403 Foreign Abortion Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 181)
5/18 HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Conference Report Adopted - House (235 - 189)
5/18 H Con Res 67 Budget FY1996 Appropriations Resolution Resolution Passed - House (238 - 193)
5/16 HR 961 Comprehensive Wetlands Conservation and Management Act Bill Passed - House (240 - 185)
5/10 HR 956 Product Liability bill Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37)
4/05 HR 1215 Contract With America Tax Relief Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (246 - 188)
3/29 H J Res 73 Term Limits bill Joint Resolution Failed - House (227 - 204)
3/24 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - House (234 - 199)
3/23 S Amdt 350 Pay-As-You-Go Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (49 - 48)
3/23 S 4 Line-Item Veto bill Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
3/16 HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - House (227 - 200)
3/08 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Bill Passed - House (325 - 99)
3/03 HR 925 Private Property Protection Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (277 - 148)
3/02 H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (65 - 35)

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