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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3128 ANWR Revenues Amendment Bill Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(54 - 43)
Nay
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
Oct. 5, 2005 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
July 29, 2005 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
July 1, 2005 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
June 28, 2005 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 12)
Yea
June 16, 2005 S AMDT 791 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 48)
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 16, 2005 S AMDT 168 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Nay
July 31, 2003 HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
June 10, 2003 S Amdt 865 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 32)
Nay
March 19, 2003 S Amdt 272 ANWR Oil Drilling Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 48)
Nay
April 25, 2002 HR 4 Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(88 - 11)
Yea
Nov. 1, 2001 HR 2311 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 2)
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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