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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 4, 2007 HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 18)
Yea
Nov. 16, 2007 HR 4156 Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense and Timeline for Withdrawal from Iraq Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
Nov. 16, 2007 S 2340 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(45 - 53)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - Senate
(79 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2007 PN 958 Michael B. Mukasey, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(53 - 40)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 7, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - Senate
(56 - 37)
Nay
Nov. 1, 2007 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 30)
Yea
Oct. 30, 2007 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization Bill Passed - Senate
(70 - 22)
Yea
Oct. 25, 2007 S Amdt 3453 Amtrak Federal Subsidy Limits Amendment Rejected - Senate
(28 - 66)
Yea
Oct. 24, 2007 S 2205 DREAM Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 44)
Nay
Oct. 23, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - Senate
(75 - 19)
Yea
Oct. 18, 2007 S Amdt 3330 Grants to Organizations Which Perform Abortions Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 52)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2007 HR 3093 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008 Bill Passed - Senate
(75 - 19)
Yea
Oct. 3, 2007 S Amdt 3117 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(95 - 1)
Yea
Oct. 1, 2007 HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
Sept. 27, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(67 - 29)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2007 S Amdt 2997 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Federalism in Iraq Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 23)
Nay
Sept. 26, 2007 S Amdt 3017 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Amendment Adopted - Senate
(76 - 22)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2007 S Amdt 2898 Iraq Troop Reduction Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 47)
Nay
Sept. 20, 2007 S Amdt 2934 Expressing Support for General Petraeus and All Members of the Armed Forces Amendment Adopted - Senate
(72 - 25)
Yea
Sept. 20, 2007 S Amdt 2947 Expressing Support for All Men and Women in the U.S. Armed Forces Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 47)
Nay
Sept. 20, 2007 S Amdt 3017 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 19, 2007 S Amdt 2022 Habeas Corpus for Detainees of the United States Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 43)
Nay
Sept. 19, 2007 S Amdt 2909 Time Between Troop Deployments Amendment Rejected - Senate
(56 - 44)
Nay
Sept. 18, 2007 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 42)
Nay
Sept. 11, 2007 S Amdt 2797 Limiting Mexican Trucks to Commercial Zones Near the Border Between the U.S. and Mexico Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 23)
Yea
Sept. 10, 2007 S Amdt 2792 Bridge Repair Funding Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 33)
Nay
Sept. 7, 2007 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(79 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 6, 2007 S Amdt 2707 Prohibiting U.S. Assistance for Groups that Support Coercive Abortion Amendment Adopted - Senate
(48 - 45)
Yea
Aug. 3, 2007 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 28)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 2, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2007 S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(83 - 14)
Yea
July 26, 2007 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(85 - 8)
Yea
July 26, 2007 HR 2638 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 4)
Yea
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(50 - 44)
Nay
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2480 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(89 - 1)
Yea
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2480 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Senate Co-sponsor
July 25, 2007 S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding Senate Sponsor
July 20, 2007 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 18)
Yea
July 19, 2007 S Amdt 2351 Sense of the Senate on Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Adopted - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
July 18, 2007 S Amdt 2087 Iraq Troop Reduction Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
June 28, 2007 S 1639 Second Immigration Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
June 26, 2007 HR 800 Union Organization Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 48)
Nay
June 21, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 27)
Yea
June 21, 2007 S Amdt 1704 Alternative Energy Subsidies Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 36)
Nay
June 19, 2007 S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007) Amendment Adopted - Senate
(70 - 23)
Yea
June 14, 2007 S Amdt 1538 Clean Energy Achievement Criteria Amendment Tabled - Senate
(56 - 39)
Nay
June 14, 2007 S Amdt 1566 Offshore Drilling in Virginia Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 44)
Yea
June 11, 2007 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 38)
Nay
June 7, 2007 S 1348 Immigration Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(34 - 61)
Nay

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.

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