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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 20, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted - House
(315 - 107)
Yea
July 19, 2012 H Amdt 1416 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House
(247 - 166)
Yea
May 18, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Bill Passed - House
(299 - 120)
Yea
May 17, 2012 H Amdt 1103 Limits Funding for War in Afghanistan to the Withdrawal of U.S. Forces Amendment Rejected - House
(113 - 303)
Nay
Dec. 14, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House
(283 - 136)
Yea
March 29, 2011 HR 839 Terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program Bill Passed - House
(252 - 170)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 5631 Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House
(394 - 22)
Yea
June 20, 2006 HR 5631 Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(407 - 19)
Yea
June 16, 2006 H Res 861 Global War on Terror Resolution Passed - House
(256 - 153)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2005 HR 1815 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(374 - 41)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(308 - 106)
Nay
June 20, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(398 - 19)
Yea
May 25, 2005 H Amdt 209 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 233)
Yea
May 25, 2005 HR 1815 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(390 - 39)
Yea
May 5, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - House
(368 - 58)
Yea
April 14, 2005 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(302 - 126)
Yea
March 16, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - House
(388 - 43)
Yea
July 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(410 - 12)
Yea
June 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(403 - 17)
Yea
May 20, 2004 HR 4359 Child Credit Preservation and Expansion Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(271 - 139)
Yea
May 6, 2004 H Res 627 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners Resolution Passed - House
(365 - 50)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2003 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(362 - 40)
Yea
Sept. 24, 2003 HR 2658 Terrorism Information Awareness bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(407 - 15)
Yea
July 8, 2003 HR 2658 Terrorism Information Awareness bill Bill Passed - House
(399 - 19)
Yea
May 22, 2003 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(361 - 68)
Yea
Oct. 10, 2002 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Conference Report Adopted - House
(409 - 14)
Yea
June 27, 2002 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - House
(413 - 18)
Yea
June 27, 2002 HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - House
(426 - 1)
Yea
May 10, 2002 HR 4546 National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2003 Bill Passed - House
(359 - 58)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2001 S 1438 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(382 - 40)
Yea
May 18, 2000 H Amdt 722 Oversea Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(195 - 221)
Yea
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)
Yea
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)
Yea
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
June 24, 1997 H Amdt 204 Bosnia Deployment Extension Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 231)
Yea
June 23, 1997 H Amdt 192 Border Defense Personnel Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(269 - 119)
Yea
June 19, 1997 H Amdt 187 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 224)
Yea
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Conference Report Adopted - House
(285 - 132)
Yea
May 15, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Bill Passed - House
(272 - 153)
Yea
Jan. 24, 1996 S 1124 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House
(287 - 129)
Yea
Jan. 3, 1996 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Veto Override Passed - House
(240 - 156)
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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