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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 25, 2008 S Amdt 4983 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 16)
Yea
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(80 - 14)
Yea
June 17, 2008 HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 44)
Yea
June 10, 2008 S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 43)
Yea
June 6, 2008 S Amdt 4825 Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(48 - 36)
Yea
May 22, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(82 - 13)
Yea
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 22)
Yea
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4817 Iraq Provisions Including a Troop Withdrawal Amendment Rejected - Senate
(34 - 63)
Yea
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4818 Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan Amendment Adopted - Senate
(70 - 26)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 15)
Yea
May 7, 2008 S Amdt 4719 Optional Wind Damage Insurance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(19 - 74)
Nay
April 23, 2008 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
April 10, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 12)
Yea
April 10, 2008 S Amdt 4419 to S Amdt 4387 to HR 3221 Energy Tax Credits Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(88 - 8)
Yea
March 14, 2008 S Amdt 4233 Codifying the Definition of a Child Eligible for SCHIP Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Yea
March 14, 2008 S Amdt 4299 Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the Legalization of Importing Certain Prescription Drugs Amendment Adopted - Senate
(73 - 23)
Yea
March 14, 2008 S Con Res 70 Concurrent Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 44)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4207 to S Con Res 70 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil Shale and Offshore Natural Gas Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4231 Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(61 - 37)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4259 Immigration Enforcement and Employer Sanctions Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4309 to S Con Res 70 Restriction of Federal Assistance Based on Compliance with Federal Immigration Laws Amendment Tabled - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4329 to S Con Res 70 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil and Natural Gas in Coastal Areas Not Covered by a Moratorium Amendment Adopted - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium Motion Rejected - Senate
(29 - 71)
Nay
March 6, 2008 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 13)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2008 S 1200 Health Care for Indigenous Peoples Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 10)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2008 S Amdt 3896 Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 42)
Yea
Feb. 25, 2008 S Amdt 4070 Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership Amendment Adopted - Senate
(78 - 11)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2008 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 45)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2008 S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 29)
Yea
Feb. 12, 2008 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(31 - 67)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2008 S Amdt 3910 FISA as Exclusive Means for Conducting Electronic Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(57 - 41)
Nay
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 16)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 22, 2008 HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 3)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(70 - 25)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(76 - 17)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2007 S Amdt 3875 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(24 - 71)
Nay
Dec. 14, 2007 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 14)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(86 - 8)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2007 S Amdt 3695 Limit on Farm Subsidies Amendment Rejected - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2007 S Amdt 3810 Income Limit for Subsidies to Farmers Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 47)
Yea
Dec. 11, 2007 S Amdt 3711 Government Sponsored Farm Insurance Policies Amendment Rejected - Senate
(37 - 58)
Nay
Dec. 7, 2007 S Amdt 3695 Limit on Farm Subsidies Senate Co-sponsor
Dec. 6, 2007 HR 3996 Temporary Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(46 - 48)
Yea
Dec. 6, 2007 HR 3996 Temporary Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(88 - 5)
Yea
Dec. 4, 2007 HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 18)
Yea
Nov. 16, 2007 HR 4156 Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense and Timeline for Withdrawal from Iraq Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
Nov. 16, 2007 S 2340 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(45 - 53)
Nay
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - Senate
(79 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2007 PN 958 Michael B. Mukasey, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(53 - 40)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - Senate
(56 - 37)
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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