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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 21, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(51 - 50)
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2602 Hurricane Victims Tax Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 55)
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2351 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 49)
July 29, 2005 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 4)
May 17, 2005 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 11)
April 11, 2003 H Con Res 95 Congressional Budget for fiscal year 2004 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 50)
March 26, 2003 S Con Res 23 Budget Resolution FY2004 Resolution Passed - Senate
(56 - 44)
March 19, 2003 S Amdt 272 ANWR Oil Drilling Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 48)
Feb. 13, 2003 H J Res 2 Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(76 - 20)
Dec. 7, 2001 HR 2944 District of Columbia FY2002 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(79 - 20)
Dec. 4, 2001 HR 2299 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(97 - 2)
Nov. 15, 2001 HR 2330 Agriculture FY2002 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 7)
Nov. 8, 2001 HR 2620 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(87 - 7)
May 10, 2001 H Con Res 83 Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nov. 19, 1999 HR 3194 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 24)

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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