On the Amendment S.Amdt. 16 to S. 256 (Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005)

Senate Vote #13 [primary source: senate.gov]
Mar 01, 2005 (109th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

S. 256 (109th): Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005
Introduced by Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] on February 1, 2005
Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 38
0 37 1
  Nay 58
52 6 0
Not Voting 4
2 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

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