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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1151 Declaring English the National Language Amendment Adopted - Senate
(64 - 33)
Yea
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1151 Declaring English the National Language Senate Co-sponsor
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1184 Denying Legal Status for Immigrants Convicted of Certain Crimes Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 51)
Yea
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1202 Point Based Immigration Expiration Date Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 55)
Nay
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1250 Law Enforcement Review of Z Visa Applications Amendment Adopted - Senate
(57 - 39)
Yea
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1316 Five Year Expiration for Guest Worker Program Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 48)
Nay
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1333 Barring Immigrants with Certain Criminal Histories Amendment Adopted - Senate
(66 - 32)
Nay
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1384 English as the Common Language Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 39)
Nay
May 24, 2007 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(80 - 14)
Yea
May 23, 2007 S Amdt 1169 Guest Worker Number Reduction Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(74 - 24)
Yea
May 17, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 40)
Nay
May 7, 2007 S Amdt 1010 FDA Drug Import Certification Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 40)
Yea
April 26, 2007 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 46)
Nay
April 11, 2007 S 30 Stem Cell Research Hope Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(70 - 28)
Yea
April 11, 2007 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(63 - 34)
Yea
March 29, 2007 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Bill Passed - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
March 27, 2007 S Amdt 643 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 50)
Yea
March 23, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
March 20, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 2)
Yea
March 15, 2007 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(48 - 50)
Nay
March 13, 2007 S 4 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 38)
Nay
Dec. 7, 2006 PN 1396 Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(80 - 11)
Yea
Dec. 6, 2006 PN 2191 Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(95 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2006 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(80 - 19)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Nay
Sept. 19, 2006 HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 32)
Yea
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(41 - 57)
Nay
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
Sept. 7, 2006 S Amdt 4909 Media in the Middle East Amendment Bill Tabled - Senate
(51 - 44)
Yea
Sept. 6, 2006 S AMDT 4882 Cluster Munitions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(30 - 70)
Nay
Aug. 3, 2006 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2006 S AMDT 4775 Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
Aug. 1, 2006 S 3711 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(71 - 25)
Yea
July 25, 2006 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Yea
July 25, 2006 S AMDT 4689 Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
July 20, 2006 S 3711 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 Senate Co-sponsor
July 18, 2006 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(63 - 37)
Yea
July 13, 2006 S Amdt 4615 Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 16)
Yea
July 13, 2006 S Amdt 4659 Double-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(29 - 71)
Nay
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(87 - 11)
Yea
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4563 FEMA Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(32 - 66)
Nay
June 29, 2006 S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 34)
Yea
June 27, 2006 S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Resolution Failed - Senate
(66 - 34)
Yea
June 22, 2006 S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 0)
Yea
June 22, 2006 S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(13 - 86)
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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