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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 9, 2010 S Amdt 4302 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(38 - 61)
Yea
June 9, 2010 S Amdt 4326 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 13)
Yea
July 15, 2008 S Amdt 5078 Limiting Countries for HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(70 - 24)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2007 S Amdt 2997 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Federalism in Iraq Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 23)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
June 20, 2005 PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 38)
Nay
May 26, 2005 PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Nay
Dec. 7, 2001 S Amdt 2336 International Courts Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(78 - 21)
Yea
Oct. 13, 1999 Treaty Doc. 105-28 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Oct. 6, 1999 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
Aug. 5, 1999 PN 100 Richard Holbrooke, Representative to the United Nations Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(81 - 16)
Yea
June 30, 1999 S 1234 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 2)
Yea
June 30, 1999 S Amdt 1157 Cuba Travel Ban Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(55 - 43)
Yea
March 23, 1999 S Con Res 21 Kosovo Resolution Resolution Passed - Senate
(58 - 41)
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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