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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
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 15, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
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 4, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 21)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
March 2, 2006 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 10)
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. 16, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Oct. 7, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2005 S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
July 26, 2005 S AMDT 1351 Corporate Financing of Terrorism Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
July 14, 2005 HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
July 14, 2005 S AMDT 1171 Detention Beds Increase Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 56)
Yea
July 14, 2005 S AMDT 1222 Disclosure of Classified Information Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
May 10, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(100 - 0)
Yea
April 21, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 0)
Yea
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 220 Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 37)
Nay
Oct. 6, 2004 S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
June 23, 2004 S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
May 22, 2003 S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
July 26, 2002 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Bill Passed - House
(295 - 132)
Yea
July 10, 2002 HR 4635 Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act Bill Passed - House
(310 - 113)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 16, 2001 S 1447 Federalize Aviation Security bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(410 - 9)
Yea
Oct. 24, 2001 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House
(357 - 66)
Yea
Oct. 12, 2001 HR 2975 Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House
(337 - 79)
Yea
Oct. 14, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House
(406 - 18)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1999 H Con Res 180 Puerto Rican Nationals resolution Resolution Passed - House
(311 - 41)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Bill Passed - House
(235 - 187)
Yea
May 18, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - House
(269 - 158)
Yea
March 24, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
Yea
Oct. 7, 1998 HR 3694 Intelligence FY99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(337 - 83)
Yea
Sept. 17, 1998 HR 4569 Appropriations Bill FY99, Foreign Operations Bill Passed - House
(255 - 161)
Yea
April 30, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(242 - 163)
Yea
March 31, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(212 - 208)
Yea
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2647 PLA Monitoring bill Bill Passed - House
(408 - 10)
Yea
Nov. 7, 1997 S 858 Intelligence FY98 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(385 - 36)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(356 - 65)
Yea
July 29, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(322 - 105)
Yea
June 23, 1997 H Amdt 192 Border Defense Personnel Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(269 - 119)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3953 Aviation Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 22)
Yea
June 13, 1996 H Amdt 1167 Spaced-based Weapons Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 208)
Nay
May 22, 1996 H Amdt 1075 Disclosure of Intelligence Spending Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 248)
Nay
April 30, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Veto Override Failed - House
(234 - 188)
Yea
April 18, 1996 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(293 - 133)
Yea
March 14, 1996 HR 2703 Antiterrorism bill Bill Passed - House
(229 - 191)
Yea
March 12, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House
(226 - 172)
Yea
June 8, 1995 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House
(222 - 192)
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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