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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(87 - 11)
Yea
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4563 FEMA Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(32 - 66)
Nay
June 29, 2006 S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 34)
Nay
June 27, 2006 S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Resolution Failed - Senate
(66 - 34)
Yea
June 22, 2006 S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 0)
Yea
June 22, 2006 S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(13 - 86)
Nay
June 21, 2006 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 46)
Nay
June 21, 2006 S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 53)
Nay
June 15, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
June 7, 2006 S J Res 1 Same Sex Marriage Resolution Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(49 - 48)
Yea
May 26, 2006 PN 1552 Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(78 - 15)
Yea
May 25, 2006 S 2611 Immigration Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Nay
May 25, 2006 S AMDT 4097 Confidentiality Requirement Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 49)
Yea
May 24, 2006 S AMDT 4095 H-2C Visa Program Ammendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 49)
Yea
May 23, 2006 S AMDT 4087 Orange Card Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(37 - 61)
Nay
May 23, 2006 S AMDT 4177 Employer Verification Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(59 - 39)
Nay
May 18, 2006 S 2832 Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2006 Senate Co-sponsor
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4064 English As National Language Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 35)
Yea
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4072 "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 52)
Nay
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4073 English as Unifying Language Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 39)
Nay
May 17, 2006 S AMDT 3965 Employment-based Immigrant Visa Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(50 - 48)
Yea
May 11, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Yea
May 5, 2006 S 2754 Alternative Stem Cell Therapies Act Senate Co-sponsor
May 4, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 21)
Nay
May 3, 2006 S AMDT 3688 Influenza Vaccine Injury Compensation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 46)
Nay
May 2, 2006 S AMDT 3617 Sugarcane Growers Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Yea
March 16, 2006 H J Res 47 Debt Limit Increase Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(52 - 48)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3103 Natural Resources and Environment Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 49)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3128 ANWR Revenues Amendment Bill Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
March 14, 2006 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
March 2, 2006 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 10)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 31)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2730 Medicare Part D Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(52 - 45)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2735 Tax Rate Extension Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
Jan. 31, 2006 PN 1059 Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 42)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 44)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 0)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(51 - 50)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 S Con Res 74 Removal of ANWR Provision from HR 2863 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(48 - 45)
Nay
Dec. 16, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2005 S 2020 Tax Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 33)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2602 Hurricane Victims Tax Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 55)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2610 Tax Rate Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
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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