Key Votes

2004 National Key Votes

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10/11 NA HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength) Conference Report Adopted - Senate (69 - 17) 10/08 NA HR 10 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act Bill Passed - House (282 - 134) 10/07 NA HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength) Conference Report Adopted - House (280 - 141) 10/06 NA S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 2) 9/23 NA HR 1308 Child Tax Credit Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 3) 9/23 NA HR 1308 Child Tax Credit Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (339 - 65) 9/23 NA HR 2028 Pledge of Allegiance Protection Bill Bill Passed - House (247 - 173) 9/22 NA HR 5025 Transportation Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (397 - 12) 9/21 NA HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 2) 9/14 NA HR 4571 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House (229 - 174) 9/09 NA HR 5006 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill- FY 2005 Bill Passed - House (388 - 13) 7/22 NA HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (410 - 12) 7/22 NA HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 0) 7/15 NA HR 4818 Omnibus FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (365 - 41) 7/14 NA S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (48 - 50) 7/13 NA HR 4766 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (389 - 31) 7/12 NA HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (327 - 43) 7/08 NA HR 4754 Commerce Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (397 - 18) 6/25 NA HR 4614 Appropriations Bill FY 2005, Energy and Water Development Bill Passed - House (370 - 16) 6/23 NA S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0) 6/23 NA HR 4548 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 Bill Passed - House (360 - 61) 6/22 NA HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (403 - 17) 6/18 NA HR 4567 Homeland Security Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (400 - 5) 6/17 NA HR 4568 Interior Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (334 - 86) 6/15 NA HR 4503 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - House (244 - 178) 6/02 NA H J Res 83 Special Elections/Appointments Provisions Bill Joint Resolution Failed - House (63 - 353) 5/21 NA S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners Resolution Passed - Senate (92 - 0) 5/20 NA HR 4200 Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House (391 - 34) 5/20 NA HR 4359 Child Credit Preservation and Expansion Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House (271 - 139) 5/18 NA HR 3722 Undocumented Immigrant Emergency Medical Assistance Bill Failed - House (88 - 331) 5/13 NA HR 1350 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 3) 5/12 NA HR 4280 Medical Malpractice Liability Limitation Bill Bill Passed - House (229 - 197) 5/12 NA HR 4279 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House (273 - 152) 5/11 NA S Amdt 3114 Unemployment Benefits Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (59 - 40) 5/11 NA S 1637 Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 5) 5/06 NA H Res 627 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners Resolution Passed - House (365 - 50) 5/05 NA HR 4227 Middle-Class Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House (333 - 89) 4/29 NA S 150 Internet Access Tax Bill Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 3) 4/28 NA HR 4181 Marriage Penalty Tax Bill Bill Passed - House (323 - 95) 4/28 NA HR 4219 Highway Trust Fund Programs Extension Bill Bill Passed - House (410 - 0) 4/22 NA HR 2844 Continuity in Representation Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House (306 - 97) 4/22 NA S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1) 4/08 NA HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (78 - 19) 4/02 NA HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004 Conference Report Adopted - House (336 - 69) 4/02 NA HR 3550 Highway Trust Fund Bill Bill Passed - House (357 - 65) 3/25 NA HR 1997 Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004 Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 38) 3/25 NA H Con Res 393 Budget Appropriations- Fiscal Year 2005 Resolution Passed - House (215 - 212) 3/24 NA HR 3873 Child Nutrition Improvement and Integrity Act Bill Passed - House (419 - 5) 3/18 NA HR 1375 Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House (392 - 25) 3/17 NA H Res 557 War in Iraq Anniversary Resolution Resolution Passed - House (327 - 93) 3/12 NA S Con Res 95 Budget Appropriations- FY 2005 Resolution Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 45) 3/11 NA HR 3717 FCC Indecency Penalties Bill Bill Passed - House (391 - 22) 3/10 NA HR 339 Food Industry Obesity Lawsuits (Cheeseburger Bill) Bill Passed - House (276 - 139) 3/03 NA HR 1561 US Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act, 2004 Bill Passed - House (379 - 28) 3/02 NA S 1805 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Bill Failed - Senate (8 - 90) 2/26 NA HR 1997 Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004 Bill Passed - House (254 - 163) 2/25 NA HR 2751 GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House (382 - 43) 2/12 NA S 1072 Highway Trust Fund Bill Bill Passed - Senate (76 - 21) 1/28 NA S 1920 Farmer Bankruptcy Bill Bill Passed - House (265 - 99) 1/22 NA HR 2673 Consolidated Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 28)

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.