On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 3773 Responsible Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed, and Effective Act

Date:

Nov 15, 2007

Number:

House Vote #1119
110th Congress

Result:

Failed

Source:

house.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13] on October 9, 2007, H.R. 3773 (110th): FISA Amendments Act of 2008.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 194
 
 
45%
6 188
  Nay 222
 
 
51%
220 2
Not Voting 16
 
 
4%
6 10
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
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