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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 11, 2004 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(69 - 17)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 23, 2004 HR 1308 Child Tax Credit Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 3)
Did Not Vote
May 11, 2004 S 1637 Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 5)
Did Not Vote
April 29, 2004 S 150 Internet Access Tax Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(93 - 3)
Yea
May 23, 2003 HR 2 Jobs and Economic Growth bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 50)
Nay
May 26, 2001 HR 1836 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(58 - 33)
Nay
May 23, 2001 HR 1836 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 38)
Nay
July 21, 2000 HR 4810 Marriage Tax Relief Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 34)
Nay
July 14, 2000 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 39)
Nay
July 13, 2000 S Amdt 3821 Estate Tax Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2000 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 14)
Yea
July 30, 1999 S 1429 Taxpayer Refund Act of 1999 Bill Passed - Senate
(57 - 43)
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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