Issue Category

13 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/12/12 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012
Bill Passed - House (301 - 118)
Yea
5/18/12 H Amdt 1127 Repeals Indefinite Military Detention Provisions
Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 238)
Nay
12/14/11 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Conference Report Adopted - House (283 - 136)
Yea
5/26/11 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (250 - 153)
Yea
2/17/11 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (279 - 143)
Yea
2/14/11 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions
Bill Passed - House (275 - 144)
Yea
2/08/11 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions
Bill Failed - House (277 - 148)
Yea
6/20/08 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments
Bill Passed - House (293 - 129)
Yea
3/14/08 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (213 - 197)
Nay
11/15/07 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act
Bill Passed - House (227 - 189)
Nay
10/16/07 HR 2102 Reporter's Source Confidentiality Guidelines
Bill Passed - House (398 - 21)
Yea
8/05/07 HR 3222 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008
Bill Passed - House (395 - 13)
Yea
5/17/07 H Amdt 197 Guantanamo Transfer Plan
Amendment Adopted - House (220 - 208)
Nay
9/29/06 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (250 - 170)
Yea
9/20/06 HR 4844 Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (228 - 196)
Yea
7/19/06 HR 2389 Pledge Protection Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (260 - 167)
Yea
7/13/06 HR 9 Voting Rights Act Reauthorization
Bill Passed - House (390 - 33)
Yea
12/14/05 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
Conference Report Adopted - House (251 - 174)
Yea
11/02/05 HR 1606 Online Freedom of Speech Act
Bill Failed - House (225 - 182)
Yea
7/21/05 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
Bill Passed - House (257 - 171)
Yea
7/21/05 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
Motion Rejected - House (209 - 218)
Nay
6/17/05 HR 2745 United Nations Reform Act of 2005
Bill Passed - House (221 - 184)
Yea
6/15/05 H Amdt 280 Patriot Act Amendment - Library Records
Amendment Adopted - House (238 - 187)
Nay
10/10/02 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - House (357 - 48)
Yea
10/24/01 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001
Bill Passed - House (357 - 66)
Yea
10/12/01 HR 2975 Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001
Bill Passed - House (337 - 79)
Yea
7/17/01 H J Res 36 Flag Burning Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - House (298 - 125)
Nay
7/30/98 H Amdt 747 Voter Registration Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (165 - 260)
Yea
2/08/95 HR 666 Admission of Evidence Seized Without a Warrant in Certain Conditions
Bill Passed - House (289 - 142)
Yea
5/05/94 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (241 - 174)
Nay
5/05/93 HR 2 Motor Voter Registration
Conference Report Adopted - House (259 - 164)
Nay
2/04/93 HR 2 Motor Voter Registration
Bill Passed - House (259 - 160)
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:

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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