Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
5/23/07 S Amdt 1184 Denying Legal Status for Immigrants Convicted of Certain Crimes
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
5/17/07 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 40)
Yea
5/07/07 S Amdt 1010 FDA Drug Import Certification Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 40)
Yea
5/02/07 S Amdt 1010 FDA Drug Import Certification Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/26/07 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 46)
Yea
4/24/07 S 1200 Health Care for Indigenous Peoples
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/11/07 S 30 Stem Cell Research Hope Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 28)
Yea
4/11/07 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 34)
Nay
3/29/07 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline
Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 47)
Yea
3/27/07 S Amdt 643 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 50)
Nay
3/23/07 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
3/20/07 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 2)
Yea
3/15/07 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (48 - 50)
Nay
3/13/07 S 4 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 38)
Yea
1/16/07 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
12/07/06 PN 1396 Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (80 - 11)
Yea
12/06/06 PN 2191 Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (95 - 2)
Yea
9/29/06 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (80 - 19)
Yea
9/28/06 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Yea
9/28/06 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Nay
9/28/06 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
9/28/06 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 52)
Yea
9/19/06 HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 32)
Yea
9/13/06 S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 57)
Nay
9/13/06 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55)
Nay
9/07/06 S Amdt 4909 Media in the Middle East Amendment
Bill Tabled - Senate (51 - 44)
Nay
9/06/06 S AMDT 4882 Cluster Munitions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (30 - 70)
Nay
8/03/06 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Yea
8/02/06 S AMDT 4775 Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
8/01/06 S 3711 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (71 - 25)
Yea
7/25/06 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Yea
7/25/06 S AMDT 4689 Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Nay
7/18/06 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005
Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 37)
Nay
7/13/06 S Amdt 4615 Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (84 - 16)
Yea
7/13/06 S Amdt 4659 Double-Layered Fencing Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (29 - 71)
Yea
7/12/06 S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
7/12/06 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
7/11/06 S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (87 - 11)
Yea
7/11/06 S AMDT 4563 FEMA Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 66)
Nay
6/29/06 S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 34)
Yea
6/27/06 S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment
Resolution Failed - Senate (66 - 34)
Yea
6/22/06 S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 0)
Yea
6/22/06 S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (13 - 86)
Nay
6/21/06 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46)
Yea
6/21/06 S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 53)
Nay
6/15/06 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
6/07/06 S J Res 1 Same Sex Marriage Resolution
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 48)
Yea
5/26/06 PN 1552 Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (78 - 15)
Yea
5/25/06 S 2611 Immigration Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36)
Nay
5/25/06 S AMDT 4097 Confidentiality Requirement Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 49)
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.