Dick Cheney’s Voting Record
August 13, 2004, 1:00am

I have always felt strongly that it is important to know about the man behind the President. And it seems that every four years I try to remind people that Dick Cheney, who is just a heartbeat away from the presidency, has a voting record that clearly reveals his right wing extremism. See below for a recap on Vice President Dick Cheney’s voting record.

Dick Cheney voted in the extreme right minority:

  • In His First 6 Years As A U.S. Congressman, Cheney Found Only 3 Supporters For His Legislative Proposals. In Cheney’s first 6 years as Wyoming’s congressman, he only managed to garner a total of 3 co-sponsors for all of his legislative proposals. [thomas.loc.gov]
  • Cheney’s 11 Years In Congress Yielded Very Few Legislative Achievements. In Cheney’s 6 terms in the House of Representatives, he proposed and passed only 2 bills, neither of which could be considered a signature piece of legislation. [thomas.loc.gov]
  • In 1979, Cheney Voted Against the Legal Observance of MLK’s Birthday as a Federal Holiday. Cheney voted against the legal observance of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday twice, and rejected a compromise.
  • In I981, Cheney Was One of Only 20 Members to Vote Against Restoring Minimum Social Security Benefits.
  • In 1982, Cheney Was One of Only 38 Members to Vote Against Veterans Administration Funding.
  • In 1985, Cheney Was One of Only 48 to Vote Against the Anti-Apartheid Act.
  • In 1986, Cheney Was One of Only 28 Members Who Voted Against Federal Fire Protection under FEMA.
  • In 1987, Cheney Was One of Only 8 Who Voted Against Clean Water Act.
  • In 1988, Cheney Was One of Only 4 House Members to Vote Against Banning Terrorist Guns.
  • In 1988, Cheney Was One of Only 29 House Members to Oppose Collection of Hate Crime Data.