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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 7, 2006 PN 1396 Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(80 - 11)
Yea
Dec. 6, 2006 PN 2191 Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(95 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2006 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(80 - 19)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Yea
Sept. 19, 2006 HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 32)
Yea
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(41 - 57)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 7, 2006 S Amdt 4909 Media in the Middle East Amendment Bill Tabled - Senate
(51 - 44)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 6, 2006 S AMDT 4882 Cluster Munitions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(30 - 70)
Nay
Aug. 3, 2006 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Nay
Aug. 2, 2006 S AMDT 4775 Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
Aug. 1, 2006 S 3711 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(71 - 25)
Yea
July 25, 2006 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Nay
July 25, 2006 S AMDT 4689 Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
July 18, 2006 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(63 - 37)
Yea
July 13, 2006 S Amdt 4615 Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 16)
Yea
July 13, 2006 S Amdt 4659 Double-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(29 - 71)
Nay
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(87 - 11)
Yea
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4563 FEMA Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(32 - 66)
Nay
June 29, 2006 S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 34)
NA
June 27, 2006 S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Resolution Failed - Senate
(66 - 34)
Nay
June 22, 2006 S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 0)
Yea
June 22, 2006 S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(13 - 86)
Nay
June 21, 2006 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 46)
Yea
June 21, 2006 S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 53)
Nay
June 15, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
June 7, 2006 S J Res 1 Same Sex Marriage Resolution Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(49 - 48)
Nay
May 26, 2006 PN 1552 Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(78 - 15)
Yea
May 25, 2006 S 2611 Immigration Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Yea
May 25, 2006 S AMDT 4097 Confidentiality Requirement Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 49)
Nay
May 24, 2006 S AMDT 4095 H-2C Visa Program Ammendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 49)
Nay
May 23, 2006 S AMDT 4087 Orange Card Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(37 - 61)
Yea
May 23, 2006 S AMDT 4177 Employer Verification Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4064 English As National Language Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 35)
Yea
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4072 "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 52)
Yea
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4073 English as Unifying Language Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 39)
Yea
May 17, 2006 S AMDT 3965 Employment-based Immigrant Visa Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
May 11, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Nay
May 4, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 21)
Yea
May 3, 2006 S AMDT 3688 Influenza Vaccine Injury Compensation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 46)
Yea
May 2, 2006 S AMDT 3617 Sugarcane Growers Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Yea
March 16, 2006 H J Res 47 Debt Limit Increase Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(52 - 48)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3103 Natural Resources and Environment Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 49)
Yea

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 30, 2014 S 2690A Establishes Solar Energy Program Signed - Executive
Sign
May 2, 2014 H 7944A Authorizes the State to Assume Control of Certain Fire Districts Signed - Executive
Sign
July 24, 2013 SB 624 Exempts Drivers of Emergency Vehicles from Seatbelt Requirements Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 17, 2013 HB 5404 Authorizes Municipalities to Increase the Tax Rate on Low Income Housing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 17, 2013 SB 609 Establishes the "Quasi-Public Corporations Accountability and Transparency Act" Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 17, 2013 SB 207 Authorizes Municipalities to Increase the Tax Rate on Low Income Housing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 HB 5394 Prohibits Municipalities from Taxing Unoccupied Single Family Homes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 HB 6295 Authorizes Redevelopment Agencies in Cities with More Than 100,000 Residents to Construct New Buildings Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 HB 5053 Authorizes the DMV to Issue "Choose Life" License Plates Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 SB 992 Authorizes Redevelopment Agencies in Cities with More Than 100,000 Residents to Construct New Buildings Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 SB 322 Prohibits Municipalities from Taxing Unoccupied Single Family Homes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 16, 2013 SB 298 Authorizes the DMV to Issue "Choose Life" License Plates Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 15, 2013 S 256 Increases Minimum Wage Signed - Executive
Sign
May 2, 2013 H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Signed - Executive
Sign
June 26, 2012 H 7536 Relating to Pets at State-Owned Campgrounds Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 H 7782 Regulates Auto Insurance Company Claims and Practices Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 S 3074 Relating to Search Warrants Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 H 7415 Relating to Parking Facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 H 8205 Relating to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 S 3075 Relating to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 S 3051 Relating to Parking Facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2012 H 7110 Relating to Search Warrants Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 21, 2012 S 2641 Relating to the Levy and Assessment of Local Taxes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 21, 2012 H 7868 Relating to State Affairs and Government Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 20, 2012 S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Signed - Executive
Sign
June 20, 2012 H 7606 Relating to Underage Tobacco Use Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 20, 2012 S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Signed - Executive
Sign
June 20, 2012 S 2427 Relating to the Firefighter Cancer Wellness Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 20, 2012 S 2413 Relating to Underage Use of Tobacco Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 20, 2012 H 8048 Relating to the Firefighter Cancer Wellness Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 19, 2012 H 7942 Relating to the Rhode Island Climate Risk Reduction Act of 2010 Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 18, 2012 H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Signed - Executive
Sign
June 15, 2012 H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
June 13, 2012 S 2253 Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana Signed - Executive
Sign
June 13, 2012 H 7092 Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana Signed - Executive
Sign
June 12, 2012 H 7936 Relating to Sewer Authority in the City of Warwick Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 12, 2012 S 2086 Relating to Sewer Authority in the City of Warwick Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 30, 2012 H 7888 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Signed - Executive
Sign
May 22, 2012 S 2555 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 8, 2012 S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 18, 2011 H 6319 Amending the Pension System Signed - Executive
Sign
July 2, 2011 H 6103 Authorizes Civil Unions Signed - Executive
Sign
July 2, 2011 S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Signed - Executive
Sign

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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