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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 9, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - House
(417 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2006 HR 6095 Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(277 - 140)
Yea
July 19, 2006 HR 2389 Pledge Protection Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(260 - 167)
Yea
June 30, 2005 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - House
(405 - 18)
Yea
March 21, 2005 S 686 Terri Schiavo Incapacitated Persons Protection Bill Bill Passed - House
(203 - 58)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 17, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(279 - 149)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2004 HR 2028 Pledge of Allegiance Protection Bill Bill Passed - House
(247 - 173)
Yea
March 13, 2003 HR 5 Malpractice Liability bill Bill Passed - House
(229 - 196)
Yea
June 17, 1999 HR 1501 Juvenile Justice bill Bill Passed - House
(287 - 139)
Yea
Feb. 25, 1998 H Amdt 497 Death Sentence Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(113 - 300)
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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