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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 6, 2014 S 1752 Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay
Nov. 21, 2013 S 1197 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 44)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 30, 2012 S Amdt 3025 Requires Sufficient Sizing of Civilian and Contract Services Workforces Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 53)
Nay
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3058 Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism Amendment Adopted - Senate
(66 - 29)
Nay
Dec. 15, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(86 - 13)
Yea
July 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(410 - 12)
Yea
June 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(403 - 17)
Yea
May 20, 2004 HR 4359 Child Credit Preservation and Expansion Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(271 - 139)
Yea
May 6, 2004 H Res 627 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners Resolution Passed - House
(365 - 50)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2003 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(362 - 40)
Yea
Sept. 24, 2003 HR 2658 Terrorism Information Awareness bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(407 - 15)
Yea
July 8, 2003 HR 2658 Terrorism Information Awareness bill Bill Passed - House
(399 - 19)
Yea
May 22, 2003 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(361 - 68)
Yea
Oct. 10, 2002 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Conference Report Adopted - House
(409 - 14)
Yea
June 27, 2002 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - House
(413 - 18)
Yea
June 27, 2002 HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - House
(426 - 1)
Yea
May 10, 2002 HR 4546 National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2003 Bill Passed - House
(359 - 58)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2001 S 1438 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(382 - 40)
Yea
May 18, 2000 H Amdt 722 Oversea Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(195 - 221)
Nay
April 28, 1999 H Con Res 82 Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from the Balkans resolution Resolution Failed - House
(139 - 290)
Nay

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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