Key Votes

2011 National Defense Key Votes

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12/17 NA HR 2055 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (67 - 32) 12/16 NA HR 2055 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House (296 - 121) 12/15 NA HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (86 - 13) 12/14 NA HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House (283 - 136) 12/01 NA S Amdt 1125 Limits New Detention Rules to Prisoners Captured Outside the U.S. Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55) 12/01 NA S Amdt 1274 Authorizes Further Detention After Trial During Wartime Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 59) 12/01 NA S Amdt 1126 Prohibits Detention of U.S. Citizens Without Trial Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55) 11/29 NA S Amdt 1064 Repeals Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Amendment Rejected - Senate (30 - 67) 11/29 NA S Amdt 1107 Removes Provisions Requiring Military Custody of al-Qaeda Suspects Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 60) 10/21 NA S Amdt 753 Prohibits the Use of Funds for Prosecution of Enemy Combatants in Civilian Courts Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 52) 9/23 NA HR 2608 Stopgap Spending and Disaster Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (219 - 203) 9/22 NA S Amdt 634 Sale of F-16 Aircraft to Taiwan Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 48) 6/24 NA H J Res 68 Authorizes Limited Use of US Armed Forces in Libya Joint Resolution Failed - House (123 - 295) 6/24 NA HR 2278 Limits the Use of Funds in Support of NATO Operations in Libya Bill Failed - House (180 - 238) 6/13 NA H Amdt 414 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the War Powers Resolution Amendment Adopted - House (248 - 163) 6/03 NA H Res 292 Ground Forces in Libya Resolution Passed - House (268 - 145) 6/02 NA H Amdt 385 Prohibiting Funds From Being Used in Contradiction to the War Powers Resolution Amendment Rejected - House (208 - 213) 6/02 NA HR 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House (231 - 188) 4/09 NA HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (348 - 70) 4/07 NA HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - House (247 - 181) 3/17 NA H Con Res 28 Removing Troops from Afghanistan Joint Resolution Failed - House (93 - 321) 3/09 NA S Amdt 149 Department of Defense funding and Continuing Appropriations Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 58) 2/18 NA H Amdt 92 Prohibiting the Use of Federal Funds for NASCAR Sponsorships Amendment Rejected - House (148 - 281) 2/17 NA H Amdt 69 Reducing Federal Funding of the US Institute of Peace Amendment Adopted - House (268 - 163) 2/16 NA H Amdt 16 Reducing Navy and Air Force Appropriations Amendment Adopted - House (233 - 198) 2/15 NA H Amdt 13 Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement Amendment Rejected - House (105 - 326)

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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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