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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 9, 2007 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Bill Passed - House
(299 - 128)
Nay
Jan. 5, 2007 H Res 6 Pay-As-You-Go Rule Resolution Passed - House
(280 - 152)
Nay
Dec. 6, 2006 HR 6099 Abortion Pain Bill Bill Failed - House
(250 - 162)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2006 HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(231 - 181)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2006 HR 5441 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House
(412 - 6)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(250 - 170)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 HR 5825 Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act Bill Passed - House
(232 - 191)
Yea
Sept. 27, 2006 HR 6166 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(253 - 168)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2006 Motion to Resolve Into Secret Session Motion Rejected - House
(171 - 217)
Nay
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 2679 Public Expression of Religion Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(244 - 173)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2005 Bill Failed - House
(234 - 172)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 5092 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bill Passed - House
(277 - 131)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 5631 Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House
(394 - 22)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2006 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - House
(264 - 153)
Yea
Sept. 25, 2006 HR 5062 New Hampshire Wilderness Act Bill Failed - House
(220 - 169)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2006 HR 6095 Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(277 - 140)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2006 S 2832 Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2006 Bill Failed - House
(215 - 204)
Yea
Sept. 20, 2006 HR 4844 Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(228 - 196)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2006 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(283 - 138)
Yea
Sept. 13, 2006 HR 4893 Restricting Indian Gaming to Homelands of Tribes Act Bill Failed - House
(247 - 171)
Yea
Sept. 7, 2006 HR 503 Horse Slaughter Prohibition Bill Bill Passed - House
(263 - 146)
Nay
July 29, 2006 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 180)
Yea
July 28, 2006 HR 4 Pension Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(279 - 131)
Yea
July 28, 2006 HR 4 Pension Reform Bill House Co-sponsor
July 28, 2006 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill House Co-sponsor
July 27, 2006 HR 4157 Better Health Information Systems Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(270 - 148)
Yea
July 26, 2006 HR 5682 U.S.and India Nuclear Cooperation Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(359 - 68)
Yea
July 20, 2006 HR 5684 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill Passed - House
(221 - 205)
Yea
July 19, 2006 HR 2389 Pledge Protection Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(260 - 167)
Yea
July 19, 2006 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 Veto Override Failed - House
(235 - 193)
Yea
July 18, 2006 H J Res 88 Same-Sex Marriage Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(236 - 187)
Yea
July 18, 2006 S 2754 Alternative Stem Cell Therapies Act Bill Failed - House
(273 - 154)
Yea
July 13, 2006 HR 9 Voting Rights Act Reauthorization Bill Passed - House
(390 - 33)
Yea
July 12, 2006 HR 2990 Credit Rating Agency Duopoly Relief Act Bill Passed - House
(255 - 166)
Yea
July 11, 2006 H Amdt 1179 Online Gambling Ban Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(114 - 297)
Nay
July 11, 2006 HR 4411 Internet Gambling Bill Bill Passed - House
(317 - 93)
Yea
June 29, 2006 HR 4761 Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(232 - 187)
Yea
June 29, 2006 HR 5672 Commerce Department Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - House
(393 - 23)
Yea
June 29, 2006 H Res 895 Intelligence and Law Enforcement Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(227 - 183)
Yea
June 28, 2006 H Amdt 1156 Trigger Lock Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(230 - 191)
Yea
June 22, 2006 HR 4890 Line Item Veto Bill Bill Passed - House
(247 - 172)
Yea
June 22, 2006 HR 5638 Death/Estate Tax Amendment Bill Passed - House
(269 - 156)
Yea
June 20, 2006 HR 5631 Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(407 - 19)
Yea
June 16, 2006 H Res 861 Global War on Terror Resolution Passed - House
(256 - 153)
Yea
June 14, 2006 HR 5576 Transportation, Treasury and Housing Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(406 - 22)
Yea
June 13, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - House
(351 - 67)
Yea
June 9, 2006 HR 5522 Foreign Operations and Export Finance Appropriation Act Bill Passed - House
(373 - 34)
Did Not Vote
June 8, 2006 HR 5252 COPE Bill of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(321 - 101)
Yea
June 7, 2006 HR 5521 Legislative Branch FY 2007 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(361 - 53)
Yea
June 6, 2006 H J Res 88 Same-Sex Marriage Resolution House Co-sponsor

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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