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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 19, 2006 HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 32)
Nay
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Yea
June 29, 2006 S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 34)
Nay
July 28, 2005 HR 3045 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay
July 26, 2005 S AMDT 1351 Corporate Financing of Terrorism Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
June 30, 2005 S 1307 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(54 - 45)
Nay
Oct. 11, 2004 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(69 - 17)
Yea
May 11, 2004 S 1637 Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 5)
Yea
July 31, 2003 HR 2738 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 32)
Nay
July 31, 2003 HR 2739 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 32)
Nay
Aug. 1, 2002 HR 3009 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 34)
Nay
July 31, 2002 S 812 Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 21)
Yea

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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