On the Amendment S.Amdt. 677 to S. 936 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998)

Senate Vote #172 [primary source: senate.gov]
Jul 11, 1997 (105th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

S. 936 (105th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998
Introduced by Sen. Strom Thurmond [R-SC, 1961-2002] on June 18, 1997
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 19
1 18
  Nay 79
54 25
Not Voting 2
0 2
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

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