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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 10, 2008 PN 1641 Nomination of General Petraeus as Military Leader of the Middle East Executive Sponsor
Sept. 21, 2007 PN 958 Michael B. Mukasey, Attorney General Executive Sponsor
Dec. 4, 2006 PN 2191 Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense Senate Sponsor
May 8, 2006 PN 1552 Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Senate Sponsor
March 15, 2006 PN 1396 Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Senate Sponsor
Nov. 10, 2005 PN 1059 Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Senate Sponsor
Sept. 6, 2005 PN 801 Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Senate Sponsor
March 17, 2005 PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations Senate Sponsor
Feb. 14, 2005 PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge Senate Sponsor
Feb. 14, 2005 PN 200 William H. Pryor, Jr., Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Senate Sponsor
Feb. 14, 2005 PN 201 Janice R Brown, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Senate Sponsor
Feb. 14, 2005 PN 202 Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Senate Sponsor
Jan. 4, 2005 PN 12 Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General Senate Sponsor
Jan. 4, 2005 PN 8 Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Senate Sponsor
Sept. 3, 2003 PN 884 Michael Leavitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Senate Sponsor
Jan. 20, 2001 PN 96 Gale Ann Norton, Secretary of the Interior Senate Sponsor
Jan. 24, 2000 PN 729 Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman Senate Sponsor

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 16, 2008 HR 2095 Amtrak Reauthorization Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 8, 2008 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 3, 2008 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
Sept. 30, 2008 HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 14, 2008 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 14, 2008 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
July 30, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Signed - Executive
Sign
July 30, 2008 HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Signed - Executive
Sign
July 15, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
June 30, 2008 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 21, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 19, 2008 HR 6022 Suspending Acquisition of Petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Signed - Executive
Sign
May 8, 2008 S 2739 Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 Signed - Executive
Sign
May 7, 2008 HR 5715 Student Loan Provision Changes Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 13, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 28, 2008 HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 28, 2007 HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Dec. 26, 2007 HR 3996 Temporary Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act of 2007 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 26, 2007 HR 2761 Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act (TRIA) Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 26, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 20, 2007 HR 3648 Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 19, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 14, 2007 HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 1429 Head Start Act of 2007 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Nov. 13, 2007 HR 3222 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 3, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Sept. 27, 2007 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Signed - Executive
Sign
Sept. 14, 2007 S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 5, 2007 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 3, 2007 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Signed - Executive
Sign
July 26, 2007 HR 556 Foreign Investment Oversight Signed - Executive
Sign
July 18, 2007 S 1701 Extension of Funding for Transitional Medical Assistance and Abstinence Education Signed - Executive
Sign
June 30, 2007 HR 1830 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Signed - Executive
Sign
June 20, 2007 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 14, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Signed - Executive
Sign
May 25, 2007 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Signed - Executive
Sign
May 1, 2007 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Oct. 26, 2006 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 17, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 4, 2006 HR 5441 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act 2007 Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 17, 2006 HR 4 Pension Reform Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
July 27, 2006 HR 9 Voting Rights Act Reauthorization Signed - Executive
Sign
June 15, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Signed - Executive
Sign
May 17, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Signed - Executive
Sign
March 20, 2006 H J Res 47 Debt Limit Increase Resolution Signed - Executive
Sign
March 9, 2006 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Signed - Executive
Sign
March 9, 2006 S 2271 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 8, 2006 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 6, 2006 HR 1815 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 30, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 30, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 30, 2005 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 22, 2005 HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 19, 2005 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 14, 2005 HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 10, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 26, 2005 S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 18, 2005 HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 10, 2005 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 8, 2005 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 2, 2005 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 2, 2005 HR 3045 CAFTA Implementation Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 2, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
May 11, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Signed - Executive
Sign
April 20, 2005 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
March 21, 2005 S 686 Terri Schiavo Incapacitated Persons Protection Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 18, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 23, 2004 HR 4548 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 8, 2004 HR 4818 Omnibus FY2005 Appropriations Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 3, 2004 HR 1350 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 3, 2004 S 150 Internet Access Tax Bill Signed - Executive
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Oct. 28, 2004 HR 4200 Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 22, 2004 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength) Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 18, 2004 HR 4567 Homeland Security Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 4, 2004 HR 1308 Child Tax Credit Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 5, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
July 7, 2004 HR 2751 GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004 Signed - Executive
Sign
April 10, 2004 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004 Signed - Executive
Sign
April 1, 2004 HR 1997 Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004 Signed - Executive
Sign
March 2, 2004 HR 743 Social Security Protection Act of 2003 Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 23, 2004 HR 2673 Consolidated Appropriations Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 16, 2003 S 877 Reduction of SPAM bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 13, 2003 HR 2417 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 12, 2003 HR 2115 Aviation Administration FY2004-2006 Authorization bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 8, 2003 HR 1 Medicare Prescription Drug bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 6, 2003 S 1156 Department of Veterans Affairs Improvement Act of 2003 Signed - Executive
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Dec. 3, 2003 HR 1904 Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 1, 2003 HR 2754 Energy and Water Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 24, 2003 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 22, 2003 HR 2559 Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2004 Signed - Executive
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Nov. 10, 2003 HR 2691 Interior Department Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 6, 2003 HR 3289 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense Signed - Executive
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Nov. 5, 2003 S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 1, 2003 HR 2555 Homeland Security Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Sept. 30, 2003 HR 2658 Terrorism Information Awareness bill Signed - Executive
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Sept. 30, 2003 HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Sept. 29, 2003 HR 3161 Do-Not-Call-Registry bill Signed - Executive
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Sept. 3, 2003 HR 2739 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Sept. 3, 2003 HR 2738 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 8, 2003 HR 2859 Emergency Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act,2003 Signed - Executive
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June 30, 2003 HR 2350 Welfare Reform bill Signed - Executive
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May 28, 2003 HR 2 Jobs and Economic Growth bill Signed - Executive
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May 27, 2003 HR 1298 AIDS Assistance bill Signed - Executive
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April 30, 2003 S 151 Enhance AMBER Alert bill Signed - Executive
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April 16, 2003 HR 1559 Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 Signed - Executive
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Feb. 20, 2003 H J Res 2 Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 Signed - Executive
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Jan. 8, 2003 S 23 Unemployment Benefits bill Signed - Executive
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Dec. 2, 2002 HR 4546 National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2003 Signed - Executive
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Nov. 25, 2002 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 29, 2002 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 23, 2002 HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 23, 2002 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 16, 2002 H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq Signed - Executive
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Aug. 6, 2002 HR 3009 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Signed - Executive
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Aug. 2, 2002 HR 4775 Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2002 Signed - Executive
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May 13, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Signed - Executive
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March 27, 2002 HR 2356 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Signed - Executive
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Jan. 10, 2002 HR 2506 Foreign Operations FY2002 Appropriations bill Signed - Executive
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Jan. 10, 2002 HR 3061 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Act, 2002 Signed - Executive
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Jan. 8, 2002 HR 1 No Child Left Behind Act Signed - Executive
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Dec. 28, 2001 S 1438 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 Signed - Executive
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Dec. 21, 2001 HR 2944 District of Columbia FY2002 Appropriations bill Signed - Executive
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Dec. 18, 2001 HR 2299 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2002 Signed - Executive
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Nov. 28, 2001 HR 2500 Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State Appropriations, FY 2002 Signed - Executive
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Nov. 28, 2001 HR 2330 Agriculture FY2002 Appropriations bill Signed - Executive
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Nov. 26, 2001 HR 2620 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act of 2002 Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 19, 2001 S 1447 Federalize Aviation Security bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 12, 2001 HR 2590 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act 2002 Signed - Executive
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Nov. 12, 2001 HR 2647 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002 Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 12, 2001 HR 2311 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002 Signed - Executive
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Nov. 5, 2001 HR 2217 Interior Department Appropriations for FY 2002 Signed - Executive
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Oct. 26, 2001 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001 Signed - Executive
Sign
Sept. 22, 2001 HR 2926 Airline Industry Financial Assistance bill Signed - Executive
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Sept. 18, 2001 S J Res 23 Military Force Authorization Signed - Executive
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Aug. 3, 2001 HR 1954 Iran and Libya Sanctions Signed - Executive
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July 24, 2001 HR 2216 2001 Supplemental Appropriations Act Signed - Executive
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June 7, 2001 HR 1836 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001 Signed - Executive
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March 20, 2001 S J Res 6 Ergonomics Regulations Resolution Signed - Executive
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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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