TO PASS S. 1566, THE BILL REQUIRING THAT A COURT ORDER MUST BE ACQUIRED PRIOR TO THE USE OF ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE TO OBTAIN FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION.

Date:

Apr 20, 1978

Number:

Senate Vote #764
95th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy [D-MA, 1962-2009] on May 18, 1977, S. 1566 (95th): Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 95
 
 
 
95%
58 36 1
  Nay 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Not Voting 4
 
 
 
4%
3 1 0
Required: unknown

Vote Details

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