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Brady, D-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would merge the Library of Congress Police with the U.S. Capitol Police, with a transition period ending Sept. 30, 2009. Motion agreed to, (thus clearing the bill for the president), 413-0: R 193-0; D 220-0 (ND 168-0, SD 52-0). A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.
HR 123 Serrano, D-N.Y., amendment to express the sense of Congress that the U.S. government should pursue policies that promote English as the common language of the United States, encourage all U.S. residents to become fully proficient in English by expanding educational opportunities and information resources, encourage all U.S. residents to learn or maintain skills in a language other than English, continue to provide services in languages other than English, and oppose restrictions on languages other than English. Rejected 178–250: R 6–226; D 171–24 (ND 128–10, SD 43–14); I 1–0, Aug. 1, 1996.
Exec. A, 91st Congress, Second Session; and Exec. C, 91st Congress, Second Session Ratification of U.S.-Canadian agreement with respect to operation of radiotelephone stations, and ratification of U.S.-New Zealand extradition treaty. Treaties ratified en bloc 79–0: R 35–0; D 44–0 (ND 28–0; SD 16–0), May 27, 1970. A 'yea' was a vote supporting the President's position.
Reacting to an unexpected Supreme Court ruling, Congress cleared a bill in 1996 to restore the prohibition against lying to Congress or the judiciary. The measure (HR 3166—PL 104-292) carved out a broad exception, however, for testimony about legislative proposals and other lobbying activities.
Exec F, 95th Congress, 1st Session Adoption of the resolution of ratification of the agreement between the United States and Canada providing for reciprocal assurances that pipelines carrying hydrocarbons such as oil, natural gas, petroleum products, coal slurries, or petrochemical feedstocks owned by one country across the territory of the other nation would be free from transit interruptions and from discriminatory taxation. Adopted 92–1: R 34–1; D 58–0 (ND 40–0; SD 18–0), Aug. 3, 1977. A two-thirds majority vote (62 in this case) is required for approval of a resolution of ratification. A 'yea' was a vote supporting the President's position.