On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3969 to S. 2514 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003)

Senate Vote #161 [primary source: senate.gov]
Jun 24, 2002 (107th Congress)
Amendment Agreed to

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

S. 2514 (107th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003
Introduced by Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI] on May 15, 2002
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 93
47 45 1
  Nay 0
0 0 0
Not Voting 7
3 4 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

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