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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 30, 2010 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks Motion Rejected - Senate
(39 - 56)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2010 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 46)
Nay
Sept. 30, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(62 - 38)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Nay
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium Motion Rejected - Senate
(29 - 71)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2007 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 42)
Nay
Aug. 2, 2007 S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(83 - 14)
Nay
Oct. 18, 2005 S AMDT 2062 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(92 - 6)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2005 S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 52)
Nay
Sept. 14, 2005 S Amdt 1670 Special Committee on Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
July 29, 2005 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 4)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2004 HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 2)
Nay
Oct. 23, 2003 S Amdt 1904 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(60 - 34)
Did Not Vote
July 11, 2003 HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 7)
Nay
July 25, 2002 HR 5121 Legislative Branch Appropriation, FY2003 Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 14)
Nay
Sept. 24, 1998 HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(356 - 65)
Nay
June 25, 1998 HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(235 - 179)
Nay
April 22, 1998 H J Res 111 Tax Limitation Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - House
(238 - 186)
Yea
Nov. 13, 1997 H Res 301 Broadcast of Committee Witness bill Resolution Passed - House
(241 - 165)
Yea
Sept. 24, 1997 HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(309 - 106)
Nay
Sept. 18, 1997 H Res 168 House Ethics Reform Task Force Resolution Passed - House
(258 - 154)
Yea
July 28, 1997 HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(214 - 203)
Nay
Feb. 12, 1997 H J Res 2 Term Limits Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(217 - 211)
Yea
Jan. 21, 1997 H Res 31 Ethics Report on Newt Gingrich Resolution Passed - House
(395 - 28)
Yea
June 27, 1996 H Res 468 Investigation of Speaker Newt Gingrich Resolution Tabled - House
(229 - 170)
Yea
Nov. 29, 1995 HR 2564 Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(421 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 28, 1995 H Amdt 903 Prohibit Federal Funds for Lobbying Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 238)
Yea
Oct. 31, 1995 HR 2492 Appropriations Bill FY96, Legislative Branch Bill Passed - House
(315 - 106)
Yea
March 29, 1995 H J Res 73 Term Limits bill Joint Resolution Failed - House
(227 - 204)
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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