Key Votes

2003 National Key Votes

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11/25 NA HR 1 Medicare Prescription Drug bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44) 11/22 NA HR 1 Medicare Prescription Drug bill Conference Report Adopted - House (220 - 215) 11/22 NA S 877 Reduction of SPAM bill Bill Passed - House (392 - 5) 11/21 NA HR 1904 Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 Conference Report Adopted - House (286 - 140) 11/21 NA S 1156 Department of Veterans Affairs Improvement Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House (423 - 2) 11/20 NA HR 2417 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 Conference Report Adopted - House (264 - 163) 11/20 NA HR 253 Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House (352 - 67) 11/18 NA HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill Conference Report Adopted - House (246 - 180) 11/18 NA HR 2754 Energy and Water Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Conference Report Adopted - House (387 - 36) 11/12 NA HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (95 - 3) 11/07 NA HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House (362 - 40) 11/06 NA HR 1829 Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House (350 - 65) 11/05 NA HR 2559 Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2004 Conference Report Adopted - House (417 - 5) 10/31 NA HR 3289 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense Conference Report Adopted - House (298 - 121) 10/30 NA HR 2691 Interior Department Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Conference Report Adopted - House (216 - 205) 10/30 NA HR 2115 Aviation Administration FY2004-2006 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House (211 - 207) 10/28 NA PN 884 Michael Leavitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (88 - 8) 10/23 NA S Amdt 1904 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (60 - 34) 10/21 NA S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 34) 10/17 NA S 1689 Emergency Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12) 10/16 NA H Res 198 Iraq's Reconstruction Resolution Resolution Passed - House (394 - 31) 10/02 NA S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Conference Report Adopted - House (281 - 142) 9/25 NA HR 3161 Do-Not-Call-Registry bill Bill Passed - House (412 - 8) 9/24 NA HR 2658 Terrorism Information Awareness bill Conference Report Adopted - House (407 - 15) 9/24 NA HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill Conference Report Adopted - House (371 - 56) 9/24 NA HR 2555 Homeland Security Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Conference Report Adopted - House (417 - 8) 9/23 NA HR 1409 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Land Exchange Act '02 Bill Passed - House (288 - 127) 9/17 NA HR 7 Charitable Contributions bill Bill Passed - House (408 - 13) 9/16 NA S J Res 17 FCC Media Ownership bill Bill Passed - Senate (55 - 40) 9/09 NA HR 2989 Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill Passed - House (381 - 39) 7/31 NA HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 14) 7/31 NA HR 2739 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 32) 7/31 NA HR 2738 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 32) 7/25 NA HR 2861 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act, 2004 Bill Passed - House (316 - 109) 7/25 NA HR 2210 Head Start Bill Bill Passed - House (217 - 216) 7/25 NA HR 2427 Imports of Prescription Drugs bill Bill Passed - House (243 - 186) 7/25 NA HR 2859 Emergency Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act,2003 Bill Passed - House (352 - 60) 7/24 NA HR 2739 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - House (272 - 155) 7/24 NA HR 2800 Foreign Operations Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Bill Passed - House (370 - 50) 7/24 NA HR 2738 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - House (270 - 156) 7/23 NA HR 2799 Appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, and the Judiciary Bill Passed - House (400 - 21) 7/17 NA HR 2691 Interior Department Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Bill Passed - House (268 - 152) 7/16 NA HR 1950 State Department FY2004-2005 Authorizations bill Bill Passed - House (382 - 42) 7/16 NA HR 2122 Project BioShield Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House (421 - 2) 7/14 NA HR 2673 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Bill Passed - House (347 - 64) 7/11 NA HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 7) 7/10 NA HR 2660 Department of Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Bill Passed - House (215 - 208) 7/09 NA HR 2211 Ready to Teach Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House (404 - 17) 7/09 NA HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill Bill Passed - House (394 - 26) 7/09 NA HR 438 Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers Bill Passed - House (417 - 7) 7/08 NA HR 2658 Terrorism Information Awareness bill Bill Passed - House (399 - 19) 6/27 NA HR 1 Medicare Prescription Drug bill Bill Passed - House (216 - 215) 6/27 NA S 1 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill Bill Passed - Senate (76 - 21) 6/24 NA HR 2555 Homeland Security Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Bill Passed - House (425 - 2) 6/19 NA HR 660 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House (262 - 162) 6/19 NA HR 1528 Taxpayer Protection and IRS Accountability Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House (252 - 170) 6/11 NA HR 2350 Welfare Reform bill Bill Passed - House (406 - 6) 6/10 NA S Amdt 865 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (67 - 32) 6/10 NA S Amdt 871 Reduction of Foreign Oil Dependence Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (99 - 1) 6/10 NA HR 2143 Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act Bill Passed - House (319 - 104) 6/04 NA HR 760 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill Bill Passed - House (282 - 139) 6/03 NA H J Res 4 Flag Burning Resolution Bill Passed - House (300 - 125) 5/23 NA HR 2 Jobs and Economic Growth bill Conference Report Adopted - House (231 - 200) 5/23 NA HR 2 Jobs and Economic Growth bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 50) 5/22 NA HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House (361 - 68) 5/22 NA S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1) 5/20 NA HR 1904 Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (256 - 170) 5/01 NA HR 1298 AIDS Assistance bill Bill Passed - House (375 - 41) 4/30 NA HR 1350 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Bill Passed - House (251 - 171) 4/11 NA H Con Res 95 Congressional Budget for fiscal year 2004 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 50) 4/11 NA H Con Res 95 Congressional Budget for fiscal year 2004 Conference Report Adopted - House (216 - 211) 4/11 NA HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - House (247 - 175) 4/10 NA S 151 Enhance AMBER Alert bill Conference Report Adopted - House (400 - 25) 4/09 NA HR 1036 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act Bill Passed - House (285 - 140) 4/03 NA HR 1559 Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 Bill Passed - House (414 - 12) 4/02 NA HR 743 Social Security Protection Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House (396 - 28) 3/31 NA HR 1463 Vaccine Compensation bill Bill Failed - House (184 - 206) 3/26 NA S Con Res 23 Budget Resolution FY2004 Resolution Passed - Senate (56 - 44) 3/21 NA H Con Res 95 Congressional Budget for fiscal year 2004 Resolution Passed - House (215 - 212) 3/19 NA S Amdt 272 ANWR Oil Drilling Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 48) 3/13 NA HR 5 Malpractice Liability bill Bill Passed - House (229 - 196) 2/27 NA HR 534 Cloning of Humans bill Bill Passed - House (241 - 155) 2/13 NA H J Res 2 Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 20) 2/13 NA H J Res 2 Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 Conference Report Adopted - House (338 - 83) 2/13 NA HR 4 Welfare Reform bill Bill Passed - House (230 - 192) 1/08 NA S 23 Unemployment Benefits bill Bill Passed - House (416 - 4)

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.