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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 24, 2003 HR 2658 Terrorism Information Awareness bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(407 - 15)
Yea
July 25, 2003 HR 2859 Emergency Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act,2003 Bill Passed - House
(352 - 60)
Did Not Vote
July 16, 2003 HR 2122 Project BioShield Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House
(421 - 2)
Yea
July 8, 2003 HR 2658 Terrorism Information Awareness bill Bill Passed - House
(399 - 19)
Yea
June 24, 2003 HR 2555 Homeland Security Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Bill Passed - House
(425 - 2)
Yea
July 26, 2002 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Bill Passed - House
(295 - 132)
Yea
July 10, 2002 HR 4635 Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act Bill Passed - House
(310 - 113)
Yea
Nov. 16, 2001 S 1447 Federalize Aviation Security bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(410 - 9)
Yea
Oct. 24, 2001 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House
(357 - 66)
Yea
Oct. 12, 2001 HR 2975 Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House
(337 - 79)
Yea
Oct. 14, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House
(406 - 18)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1999 H Con Res 180 Puerto Rican Nationals resolution Resolution Passed - House
(311 - 41)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Bill Passed - House
(235 - 187)
Yea
May 18, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - House
(269 - 158)
Yea
March 24, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
Yea
Oct. 7, 1998 HR 3694 Intelligence FY99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(337 - 83)
Yea
Sept. 17, 1998 HR 4569 Appropriations Bill FY99, Foreign Operations Bill Passed - House
(255 - 161)
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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