Key Votes

2006 National Key Votes

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12/07 NA PN 1396 Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Nomination Confirmed - Senate (80 - 11) 12/06 NA PN 2191 Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate (95 - 2) 12/06 NA HR 6099 Abortion Pain Bill Bill Failed - House (250 - 162) 9/29 NA HR 5441 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House (412 - 6) 9/29 NA HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate (80 - 19) 9/29 NA S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (250 - 170) 9/29 NA HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (231 - 181) 9/28 NA S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53) 9/28 NA S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51) 9/28 NA S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 52) 9/28 NA S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34) 9/28 NA HR 5825 Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act Bill Passed - House (232 - 191) 9/27 NA HR 6166 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (253 - 168) 9/26 NA Motion to Resolve Into Secret Session Motion Rejected - House (171 - 217) 9/26 NA HR 5631 Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House (394 - 22) 9/26 NA HR 2679 Public Expression of Religion Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (244 - 173) 9/26 NA HR 5092 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bill Passed - House (277 - 131) 9/26 NA HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2005 Bill Failed - House (234 - 172) 9/26 NA S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - House (264 - 153) 9/25 NA HR 5062 New Hampshire Wilderness Act Bill Failed - House (220 - 169) 9/21 NA HR 6095 Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (277 - 140) 9/21 NA S 2832 Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2006 Bill Failed - House (215 - 204) 9/20 NA HR 4844 Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (228 - 196) 9/19 NA HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 32) 9/14 NA HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (283 - 138) 9/13 NA S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55) 9/13 NA S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 57) 9/13 NA HR 4893 Restricting Indian Gaming to Homelands of Tribes Act Bill Failed - House (247 - 171) 9/07 NA S Amdt 4909 Media in the Middle East Amendment Bill Tabled - Senate (51 - 44) 9/07 NA HR 503 Horse Slaughter Prohibition Bill Bill Passed - House (263 - 146) 9/06 NA S AMDT 4882 Cluster Munitions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (30 - 70) 8/03 NA HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42) 8/02 NA S AMDT 4775 Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 3) 8/01 NA S 3711 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate (71 - 25) 7/29 NA HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Bill Passed - House (230 - 180) 7/28 NA HR 4 Pension Reform Bill Bill Passed - House (279 - 131) 7/27 NA HR 4157 Better Health Information Systems Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (270 - 148) 7/26 NA HR 5682 U.S.and India Nuclear Cooperation Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (359 - 68) 7/25 NA S AMDT 4689 Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51) 7/25 NA S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34) 7/20 NA HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill Passed - House (221 - 205) 7/19 NA HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 Veto Override Failed - House (235 - 193) 7/19 NA HR 2389 Pledge Protection Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (260 - 167) 7/18 NA S 2754 Alternative Stem Cell Therapies Act Bill Failed - House (273 - 154) 7/18 NA H J Res 88 Same-Sex Marriage Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House (236 - 187) 7/18 NA HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 37) 7/13 NA S Amdt 4659 Double-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (29 - 71) 7/13 NA S Amdt 4615 Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (84 - 16) 7/13 NA HR 9 Voting Rights Act Reauthorization Bill Passed - House (390 - 33) 7/12 NA S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 50) 7/12 NA S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50) 7/12 NA HR 2990 Credit Rating Agency Duopoly Relief Act Bill Passed - House (255 - 166) 7/11 NA H Amdt 1179 Online Gambling Ban Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (114 - 297) 7/11 NA S AMDT 4563 FEMA Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 66) 7/11 NA S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (87 - 11) 7/11 NA HR 4411 Internet Gambling Bill Bill Passed - House (317 - 93) 6/29 NA H Res 895 Intelligence and Law Enforcement Resolution Resolution Passed - House (227 - 183) 6/29 NA S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 34) 6/29 NA HR 5672 Commerce Department Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - House (393 - 23) 6/29 NA HR 4761 Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (232 - 187) 6/28 NA H Amdt 1156 Trigger Lock Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (230 - 191) 6/27 NA S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Resolution Failed - Senate (66 - 34) 6/22 NA S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (13 - 86) 6/22 NA S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 0) 6/22 NA HR 5638 Death/Estate Tax Amendment Bill Passed - House (269 - 156) 6/22 NA HR 4890 Line Item Veto Bill Bill Passed - House (247 - 172) 6/21 NA S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46) 6/21 NA S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 53) 6/20 NA HR 5631 Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (407 - 19) 6/16 NA H Res 861 Global War on Terror Resolution Passed - House (256 - 153) 6/15 NA HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 1) 6/14 NA HR 5576 Transportation, Treasury and Housing Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House (406 - 22) 6/13 NA HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - House (351 - 67) 6/09 NA HR 5522 Foreign Operations and Export Finance Appropriation Act Bill Passed - House (373 - 34) 6/08 NA HR 5252 COPE Bill of 2006 Bill Passed - House (321 - 101) 6/07 NA S J Res 1 Same Sex Marriage Resolution Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 48) 6/07 NA HR 5521 Legislative Branch FY 2007 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (361 - 53) 6/06 NA HR 5441 Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act, 2007 Bill Passed - House (389 - 9) 5/26 NA PN 1552 Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate (78 - 15) 5/25 NA S AMDT 4097 Confidentiality Requirement Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 49) 5/25 NA S 2611 Immigration Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36) 5/24 NA S AMDT 4095 H-2C Visa Program Ammendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 49) 5/23 NA S AMDT 4177 Employer Verification Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 39) 5/23 NA S AMDT 4087 Orange Card Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61) 5/23 NA HR 5384 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House (378 - 46) 5/18 NA S AMDT 4064 English As National Language Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 35) 5/18 NA H Amdt 856 Outer Continental Shelf Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (217 - 203) 5/18 NA S AMDT 4073 English as Unifying Language Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 39) 5/18 NA S AMDT 4072 "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 52) 5/18 NA H Amdt 842 Outer Continental Shelf for Gas and Oil Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (141 - 279) 5/18 NA HR 5386 Interior Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (293 - 128) 5/17 NA S AMDT 3965 Employment-based Immigrant Visa Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (50 - 48) 5/11 NA HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44) 5/10 NA HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - House (244 - 185) 5/04 NA HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 21) 5/03 NA S AMDT 3688 Influenza Vaccine Injury Compensation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 46) 5/03 NA HR 4975 527 Reform Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House (217 - 213) 5/02 NA S AMDT 3617 Sugarcane Growers Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59) 4/05 NA HR 513 527 Reform Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (218 - 209) 3/30 NA H Res 746 Jack Abramoff Investigation Resolution Resolution Tabled - House (216 - 193) 3/30 NA H Amdt 772 Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (200 - 220) 3/30 NA HR 609 College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House (221 - 199) 3/16 NA S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51) 3/16 NA S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50) 3/16 NA S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49) 3/16 NA S AMDT 3103 Natural Resources and Environment Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 49) 3/16 NA H J Res 47 Debt Limit Increase Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 48) 3/16 NA S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 49) 3/16 NA S AMDT 3128 ANWR Revenues Amendment Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 49) 3/16 NA HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - House (348 - 71) 3/14 NA S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50) 3/08 NA HR 4167 National Uniformity for Food Act Bill Passed - House (283 - 139) 3/07 NA S 2271 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House (280 - 138) 3/02 NA HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 10) 2/02 NA S AMDT 2735 Tax Rate Extension Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 53) 2/02 NA S AMDT 2730 Medicare Part D Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (52 - 45) 2/02 NA S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 53) 2/02 NA HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 31) 2/01 NA H Res 653 Budget Reconciliation Adoption Resolution Passed - House (216 - 214) 1/31 NA PN 1059 Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate (58 - 42)

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.