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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 19, 2013 S Amdt 2255 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
March 23, 2013 S Amdt 139 Prohibits the United States From Entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 46)
Dec. 4, 2012 Treaty Doc. 112-7 The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty Ratification Failed - Senate
(61 - 38)
Dec. 15, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(86 - 13)
Oct. 11, 2011 S 1619 Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011 Bill Passed - Senate
(63 - 35)
Oct. 16, 2003 H Res 198 Iraq's Reconstruction Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(394 - 31)
July 26, 2001 HR 1954 Iran and Libya Sanctions Bill Passed - House
(409 - 6)
July 25, 2001 H Amdt 241 Substitute Amendment to Treasury Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2002 Amendment Adopted - House
(240 - 186)
July 19, 2001 H J Res 50 China Trade Relations bill Joint Resolution Failed - House
(169 - 259)
July 20, 2000 H Amdt 1023 Cuban Economic Embargo Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(174 - 241)
July 20, 2000 H Amdt 1029 Cuban Travel Embargo Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(232 - 186)
May 18, 2000 H Amdt 723 School of the Americas Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(204 - 214)
Oct. 5, 1999 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(214 - 211)
Aug. 3, 1999 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(385 - 35)
April 28, 1999 HR 1569 Military Operations in Yugoslavia Limitation Act Bill Passed - House
(249 - 180)
April 28, 1999 S Con Res 21 Kosovo Resolution Resolution Failed - House
(213 - 213)
March 11, 1999 H Con Res 42 Kosovo Peacekeeping Operations Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(219 - 191)

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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