Key Votes

2002 National Key Votes

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11/19 NA HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9) 10/16 NA HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 1) 10/16 NA HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 2) 10/11 NA H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (77 - 23) 10/10 NA HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Conference Report Adopted - House (409 - 14) 10/10 NA HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House (357 - 48) 10/10 NA H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq Joint Resolution Passed - House (296 - 133) 8/01 NA HR 3009 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 34) 8/01 NA HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 3) 7/31 NA S 812 Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 21) 7/27 NA HR 3009 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Conference Report Adopted - House (215 - 212) 7/26 NA HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Bill Passed - House (295 - 132) 7/25 NA HR 5121 Legislative Branch Appropriation, FY2003 Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 14) 7/24 NA HR 4775 Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 7) 7/24 NA H Res 495 Expulsion of Representative James A. Traficant, Jr., D-Ohio Resolution Passed - House (420 - 1) 7/24 NA HR 5120 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2002 Bill Passed - House (308 - 121) 7/23 NA HR 4775 Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House (397 - 32) 7/18 NA HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3) 7/18 NA HR 5121 Legislative Branch Appropriation, FY2003 Bill Passed - House (365 - 49) 7/17 NA HR 5093 Department of the Interior Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - House (377 - 46) 7/15 NA S 2673 Accounting Industry Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0) 7/10 NA HR 4635 Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act Bill Passed - House (310 - 113) 6/28 NA HR 4954 Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act Bill Passed - House (221 - 208) 6/27 NA HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - House (426 - 1) 6/27 NA HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - House (413 - 18) 6/21 NA S Amdt 3927 Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 40) 6/18 NA S 2600 Terrorism Insurance Bill Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 14) 6/11 NA S 625 Hate Crimes Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 43) 5/24 NA HR 4775 Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2002 Bill Passed - House (280 - 138) 5/16 NA HR 4737 Temporary Aid to Needy Families Bill Passed - House (229 - 197) 5/10 NA HR 4546 National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2003 Bill Passed - House (359 - 58) 5/08 NA HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 35) 5/02 NA HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House (280 - 141) 4/25 NA HR 4 Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate (88 - 11) 4/11 NA S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 1) 3/20 NA H Con Res 353 Budget Resolution, FY 2003 Resolution Passed - House (221 - 209) 3/20 NA HR 2356 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 40) 2/27 NA S Amdt 2937 Allowing Signatures for Voter Registration by Mail Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (46 - 51) 2/14 NA HR 2356 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House (240 - 189) 2/13 NA HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Bill Passed - Senate (58 - 40)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.