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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 6, 2014 S 1752 Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay
Nov. 21, 2013 S 1197 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 44)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 30, 2012 S Amdt 3025 Requires Sufficient Sizing of Civilian and Contract Services Workforces Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 53)
Nay
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3058 Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism Amendment Adopted - Senate
(66 - 29)
Nay
Dec. 15, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(86 - 13)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(79 - 16)
Nay
Dec. 18, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2010 S 3454 2010-2011 Defense Authorizations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 43)
Nay
May 27, 2010 S Amdt 4204 Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable Amendment Rejected - Senate
(18 - 80)
Nay
Oct. 22, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(68 - 29)
Nay
Sept. 17, 2008 S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(88 - 8)
Nay
July 26, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 13)
Nay
July 10, 2008 PN 1641 Nomination of General Petraeus as Military Leader of the Middle East Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(95 - 2)
Yea
June 26, 2008 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(92 - 6)
Nay
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 22)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 22, 2008 HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 3)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2007 S Amdt 3875 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(24 - 71)
Nay
Oct. 1, 2007 HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 3)
Nay
Sept. 27, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(67 - 29)
Nay
Sept. 20, 2007 S Amdt 2934 Expressing Support for General Petraeus and All Members of the Armed Forces Amendment Adopted - Senate
(72 - 25)
Yea
Sept. 20, 2007 S Amdt 2947 Expressing Support for All Men and Women in the U.S. Armed Forces Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 47)
Nay
Sept. 19, 2007 S Amdt 2909 Time Between Troop Deployments Amendment Rejected - Senate
(56 - 44)
Nay
March 27, 2007 S Amdt 643 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 50)
Yea
March 15, 2007 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(48 - 50)
Nay
June 22, 2006 S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 0)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 0)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 44)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2518 Iraq Progress Reports Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 58)
Nay
Oct. 7, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
July 26, 2005 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 48)
Yea
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 10, 2005 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Yea
May 18, 2000 H Amdt 722 Oversea Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(195 - 221)
Nay
April 28, 1999 H Con Res 82 Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from the Balkans resolution Resolution Failed - House
(139 - 290)
Yea
Sept. 28, 1998 HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(369 - 43)
Yea
Sept. 24, 1998 HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(373 - 50)
Yea
June 24, 1998 HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(358 - 61)
Yea
June 22, 1998 HR 4059 Military Construction FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(396 - 10)
Yea
May 21, 1998 HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(357 - 60)
Yea
May 20, 1998 H Amdt 643 Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 232)
Nay
Oct. 28, 1997 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(286 - 123)
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)
Did Not Vote
June 25, 1997 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(304 - 120)
Yea
June 24, 1997 H Amdt 203 Bosnia Deployment Termination Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(278 - 148)
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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