Key Votes

2005 National Key Votes

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12/21 NA HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 44) 12/21 NA HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 0) 12/21 NA S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (51 - 50) 12/21 NA S Con Res 74 Removal of ANWR Provision from HR 2863 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (48 - 45) 12/19 NA HR 1815 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (374 - 41) 12/19 NA S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (212 - 206) 12/19 NA HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (308 - 106) 12/16 NA HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47) 12/16 NA HR 4437 Border Security Bill Bill Passed - House (239 - 182) 12/14 NA HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (215 - 213) 12/14 NA HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Conference Report Adopted - House (251 - 174) 12/08 NA HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (234 - 197) 11/18 NA S 2020 Tax Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 33) 11/18 NA HR 4241 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - House (217 - 215) 11/17 NA S AMDT 2626 Temporary Tax on Crude Oil Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 48) 11/17 NA S AMDT 2610 Tax Rate Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (40 - 59) 11/17 NA S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 47) 11/17 NA S AMDT 2634 Additional Funding For Veterans Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (43 - 55) 11/17 NA S AMDT 2602 Hurricane Victims Tax Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 55) 11/17 NA S AMDT 2616 Earned Income Tax Credit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (55 - 43) 11/17 NA S AMDT 2650 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 48) 11/17 NA S AMDT 2612 Price-Gouging During Emergencies Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (57 - 42) 11/17 NA HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Rejected - House (209 - 224) 11/16 NA HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (94 - 5) 11/15 NA S AMDT 2523 Judicial Review of Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54) 11/15 NA S AMDT 2524 Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (84 - 14) 11/15 NA S AMDT 2518 Iraq Progress Reports Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 19) 11/15 NA S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 58) 11/15 NA S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 0) 11/10 NA S AMDT 2476 Investigating Contracts in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53) 11/10 NA S Amdt 2516 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 42) 11/10 NA HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 0) 11/09 NA HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - House (397 - 19) 11/09 NA HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - House (339 - 17) 11/08 NA S AMDT 2430 National Commission on Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55) 11/04 NA HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (358 - 39) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2348 Medicaid Generic Drug Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2356 Hurricane Health Care for Survivors Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (48 - 51) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2358 ANWR Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 45) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 48) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2381 Prescription Drug Plan Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (43 - 56) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2351 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 49) 11/03 NA S AMDT 2400 Alaska Judicial Review of Oil Revenue Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51) 11/03 NA HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 18) 11/03 NA S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 47) 11/02 NA HR 1606 Online Freedom of Speech Act Bill Failed - House (225 - 182) 10/28 NA HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 63) 10/27 NA S AMDT 2259 AIDS Drug Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 50) 10/27 NA S AMDT 2287 After School Funding Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 56) 10/27 NA HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3) 10/27 NA HR 420 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (228 - 184) 10/26 NA S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (54 - 43) 10/26 NA S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 51) 10/26 NA S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53) 10/26 NA S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 53) 10/25 NA S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (48 - 51) 10/20 NA HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 1) 10/20 NA S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Bill Passed - House (283 - 144) 10/19 NA HR 554 Food Industry Obesity Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (306 - 120) 10/18 NA S AMDT 2062 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (92 - 6) 10/07 NA HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0) 10/07 NA HR 3893 Gasoline for America's Security Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (212 - 210) 10/05 NA S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 49) 10/05 NA S AMDT 1937 Health Care for Veterans Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (48 - 51) 9/29 NA PN 801 Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (78 - 22) 9/29 NA H Amdt 588 Endangered Species Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (206 - 216) 9/29 NA HR 3824 Endangered Species Reauthorization Bill Bill Passed - House (229 - 193) 9/22 NA HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2) 9/15 NA S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (43 - 52) 9/15 NA H Res 437 Bipartisan Committee to Investigate Hurricane Katrina Resolution Passed - House (224 - 188) 9/14 NA S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 54) 9/14 NA S Amdt 1670 Special Committee on Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 53) 9/13 NA S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule Bill Failed - Senate (47 - 51) 7/29 NA HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 4) 7/29 NA HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26) 7/29 NA HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (412 - 8) 7/29 NA HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (99 - 1) 7/29 NA HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 4) 7/29 NA S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 31) 7/28 NA S AMDT 1626 Child Safety Lock Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 30) 7/28 NA HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - House (275 - 156) 7/28 NA HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - House (305 - 122) 7/28 NA HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (410 - 10) 7/28 NA HR 5 Malpractice Liability Reform Bill Bill Passed - House (230 - 194) 7/28 NA HR 3045 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - House (217 - 215) 7/28 NA HR 3045 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - Senate (55 - 45) 7/26 NA S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 48) 7/26 NA H Amdt 514 Small Employer Health Benefits Plan Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (197 - 230) 7/26 NA S AMDT 1351 Corporate Financing of Terrorism Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51) 7/22 NA H Amdt 511 Advanced Research Opportunities Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (192 - 206) 7/21 NA HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Motion Rejected - House (209 - 218) 7/21 NA HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Bill Passed - House (257 - 171) 7/20 NA HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1) 7/20 NA HR 2601 State Department FY 2006/2007 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House (351 - 78) 7/19 NA S AMDT 1241 US Agency for International Development Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 40) 7/19 NA H Amdt 464 Obstetric Fistula Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (223 - 205) 7/14 NA S Amdt 1189 Air Cargo Security Programs Implementation Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (45 - 53) 7/14 NA S AMDT 1171 Detention Beds Increase Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 56) 7/14 NA S AMDT 1222 Disclosure of Classified Information Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53) 7/14 NA HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1) 7/14 NA HR 3100 East Asia Security Act of 2005 Bill Failed - House (215 - 203) 7/12 NA HR 741 Independent Review of OSHA Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (226 - 197) 7/01 NA HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3) 6/30 NA H Amdt 427 Eminent Domain Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (231 - 189) 6/30 NA HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - House (405 - 18) 6/30 NA S 1307 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 45) 6/29 NA HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 0) 6/28 NA HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 12) 6/28 NA HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (393 - 32) 6/23 NA H Amdt 343 Restoring Funds for Public Broadcasting Amendment Adopted - House (284 - 140) 6/23 NA H Amdt 346 Annual Fit Test Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (206 - 216) 6/22 NA H J Res 10 Flag Desecration Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House (286 - 130) 6/22 NA HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - House (330 - 82) 6/20 NA PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 38) 6/20 NA HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (398 - 19) 6/17 NA HR 2745 United Nations Reform Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (221 - 184) 6/16 NA S AMDT 784 Reduction in Dependence on Foreign Oil Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 53) 6/16 NA S AMDT 791 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 48) 6/16 NA HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Bill Passed - House (418 - 7) 6/15 NA H Amdt 270 Bans Use of Funds to Enforce Cuba Regulations Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (210 - 216) 6/15 NA H Amdt 280 Patriot Act Amendment - Library Records Amendment Adopted - House (238 - 187) 6/15 NA H Amdt 272 Medical Marijuana Use Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (161 - 264) 6/14 NA PN 202 Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate (73 - 24) 6/14 NA S Amdt 781 Environmental Effects Caused by Ethanol Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 38) 6/09 NA PN 200 William H. Pryor, Jr., Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate (53 - 45) 6/09 NA H J Res 27 Withdrawing Approval from the WTO Agreement Joint Resolution Failed - House (86 - 338) 6/08 NA PN 201 Janice R Brown, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate (56 - 43) 6/08 NA HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House (408 - 18) 5/26 NA PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42) 5/25 NA PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge Nomination Confirmed - Senate (55 - 43) 5/25 NA H Amdt 209 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233) 5/25 NA HR 1815 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House (390 - 39) 5/24 NA PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge Cloture Invoked - Senate (81 - 18) 5/24 NA HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 Bill Passed - House (238 - 194) 5/24 NA HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - House (416 - 13) 5/19 NA HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (329 - 89) 5/18 NA HR 1817 Homeland Security Department Authorization Act FY06 Bill Passed - House (424 - 4) 5/17 NA HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 11) 5/17 NA HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House (424 - 1) 5/10 NA HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (100 - 0) 5/05 NA HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - House (368 - 58) 4/28 NA H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (214 - 211) 4/28 NA H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 47) 4/27 NA HR 748 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - House (270 - 157) 4/21 NA H Amdt 370 Liability Shield Language Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (213 - 219) 4/21 NA HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 0) 4/21 NA HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (249 - 183) 4/20 NA H Amdt 72 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (200 - 231) 4/18 NA S AMDT 464 Future Military Funding for Iraq Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 31) 4/14 NA S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - House (302 - 126) 4/13 NA HR 8 Death/Estate Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (272 - 162) 3/21 NA S 686 Terri Schiavo Incapacitated Persons Protection Bill Bill Passed - House (203 - 58) 3/17 NA S AMDT 220 Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 37) 3/17 NA S AMDT 177 Education Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49) 3/17 NA S Amdt 210 Tax Subsidy for Domestic Companies Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59) 3/17 NA S Amdt 214 Prescription Drugs Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50) 3/17 NA S AMDT 229 Medicaid Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51) 3/17 NA S AMDT 211 Native American Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55) 3/17 NA S AMDT 172 Perkins Vocational Education Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 56) 3/17 NA S Amdt 244 Unintended Pregnancy Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 53) 3/17 NA H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House (218 - 214) 3/17 NA S Con Res 18 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 49) 3/16 NA S AMDT 168 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51) 3/16 NA HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - House (388 - 43) 3/10 NA HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House (417 - 9) 3/10 NA S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 25) 3/08 NA S AMDT 47 Violent Protestor Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53) 3/07 NA S AMDT 128 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 61) 3/07 NA S AMDT 44 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 49) 2/17 NA S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (279 - 149) 2/10 NA S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate (72 - 26) 2/10 NA HR 418 Real ID Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (261 - 161) 2/03 NA PN 12 Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate (60 - 36) 1/26 NA PN 8 Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Nomination Confirmed - Senate (85 - 13)

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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:

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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