Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
10/11/04 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength)
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (69 - 17)
Did Not Vote
10/06/04 S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 2)
Did Not Vote
9/23/04 HR 1308 Child Tax Credit Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 3)
Did Not Vote
9/21/04 HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 2)
Did Not Vote
7/22/04 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 0)
Did Not Vote
7/14/04 S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (48 - 50)
Did Not Vote
6/23/04 S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0)
Yea
5/21/04 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners
Resolution Passed - Senate (92 - 0)
Did Not Vote
5/13/04 HR 1350 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 3)
Yea
5/11/04 S 1637 Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 5)
Did Not Vote
5/11/04 S Amdt 3114 Unemployment Benefits Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (59 - 40)
Yea
5/10/04 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners
None - House
Co-sponsor
4/29/04 S 150 Internet Access Tax Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 3)
Yea
4/22/04 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
4/08/04 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (78 - 19)
Did Not Vote
3/25/04 HR 1997 Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 38)
Nay
3/12/04 S Con Res 95 Budget Appropriations- FY 2005 Resolution
Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 45)
Did Not Vote
3/02/04 S 1805 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill
Bill Failed - Senate (8 - 90)
Did Not Vote
2/12/04 S 1072 Highway Trust Fund Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (76 - 21)
Did Not Vote
1/22/04 HR 2673 Consolidated Appropriations Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 28)
Did Not Vote
11/25/03 HR 1 Medicare Prescription Drug bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
11/12/03 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (95 - 3)
Did Not Vote
10/28/03 PN 884 Michael Leavitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
None - Senate (88 - 8)
Did Not Vote
10/23/03 S Amdt 1904 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (60 - 34)
Did Not Vote
10/21/03 S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 34)
Did Not Vote
10/17/03 S 1689 Emergency Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan
Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
Nay
9/16/03 S J Res 17 FCC Media Ownership bill
Bill Passed - Senate (55 - 40)
Did Not Vote
7/31/03 HR 2738 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 32)
Nay
7/31/03 HR 2739 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 32)
Nay
7/31/03 HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill
Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 14)
Yea
7/15/03 S J Res 17 FCC Media Ownership bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
7/11/03 HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill
Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 7)
Did Not Vote
6/27/03 S 1 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill
Bill Passed - Senate (76 - 21)
Nay
6/10/03 S Amdt 865 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (67 - 32)
Did Not Vote
6/10/03 S Amdt 871 Reduction of Foreign Oil Dependence Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (99 - 1)
Yea
5/23/03 HR 2 Jobs and Economic Growth bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 50)
Nay
5/22/03 S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
4/11/03 H Con Res 95 Congressional Budget for fiscal year 2004
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 50)
Nay
4/10/03 S 877 Reduction of SPAM bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/26/03 S Con Res 23 Budget Resolution FY2004
Resolution Passed - Senate (56 - 44)
Nay
3/19/03 S Amdt 272 ANWR Oil Drilling Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 48)
Yea
3/18/03 S Amdt 272 ANWR Oil Drilling Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/13/03 H J Res 2 Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 20)
Nay
1/13/03 S 151 Enhance AMBER Alert bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
11/19/02 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security
Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9)
Yea
10/16/02 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 2)
Yea
10/16/02 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 1)
Yea
10/11/02 H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (77 - 23)
Yea
8/01/02 HR 3009 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 34)
Nay
8/01/02 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003
Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 3)
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.