TO AGREE TO AN AMENDMENT OFFERED IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE FOR TITLE II OF H.R. 11504, THE AGRICULTURAL CREDIT ACT OF 1978. THE MADIGAN SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT ALLOWS FARMERS TO TAKE OUT FEDERAL LOANS BEFORE DEC. 31, 1979 IN ORDER TO MEET PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST PAYMENTS ON PREVIOUS LOANS THAT THEY ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO REPAY.

Date:

Apr 24, 1978

Number:

House Vote #910
95th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Ed Jones [D-TN8, 1983-1988] on March 13, 1978, H.R. 11504 (95th): Agricultural Credit Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 151
 
 
35%
48 103
  Nay 215
 
 
50%
193 22
Present 1
 
 
0%
0 1
Not Voting 67
 
 
15%
46 21
Required: unknown

Vote Details

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