Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/22/04 HR 5025 Transportation Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (397 - 12)
Yea
9/14/04 HR 4571 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (229 - 174)
Yea
9/09/04 HR 5006 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill- FY 2005
Bill Passed - House (388 - 13)
Yea
7/22/04 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (410 - 12)
Yea
7/15/04 HR 4818 Omnibus FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (365 - 41)
Yea
7/13/04 HR 4766 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (389 - 31)
Yea
7/12/04 HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (327 - 43)
Did Not Vote
7/08/04 HR 4754 Commerce Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (397 - 18)
Yea
6/25/04 HR 4614 Appropriations Bill FY 2005, Energy and Water Development
Bill Passed - House (370 - 16)
Yea
6/23/04 HR 4548 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005
Bill Passed - House (360 - 61)
Yea
6/22/04 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (403 - 17)
Yea
6/18/04 HR 4567 Homeland Security Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (400 - 5)
Yea
6/17/04 HR 4568 Interior Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (334 - 86)
Yea
6/15/04 HR 4503 Energy Omnibus bill
Bill Passed - House (244 - 178)
Yea
6/02/04 H J Res 83 Special Elections/Appointments Provisions Bill
Joint Resolution Failed - House (63 - 353)
Nay
5/20/04 HR 4200 Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - House (391 - 34)
Yea
5/20/04 HR 4359 Child Credit Preservation and Expansion Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (271 - 139)
Yea
5/18/04 HR 3722 Undocumented Immigrant Emergency Medical Assistance
Bill Failed - House (88 - 331)
Yea
5/12/04 HR 4279 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (273 - 152)
Yea
5/12/04 HR 4280 Medical Malpractice Liability Limitation Bill
Bill Passed - House (229 - 197)
Yea
5/06/04 H Res 627 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners
Resolution Passed - House (365 - 50)
Yea
5/05/04 HR 4227 Middle-Class Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (333 - 89)
Yea
5/05/04 HR 4280 Medical Malpractice Liability Limitation Bill
None - House
Co-sponsor
4/28/04 HR 4181 Marriage Penalty Tax Bill
Bill Passed - House (323 - 95)
Yea
4/28/04 HR 4219 Highway Trust Fund Programs Extension Bill
Bill Passed - House (410 - 0)
Yea
4/22/04 HR 2844 Continuity in Representation Act of 2003
Bill Passed - House (306 - 97)
Yea
4/02/04 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004
Conference Report Adopted - House (336 - 69)
Yea
4/02/04 HR 3550 Highway Trust Fund Bill
Bill Passed - House (357 - 65)
Yea
3/25/04 H Con Res 393 Budget Appropriations- Fiscal Year 2005
Resolution Passed - House (215 - 212)
Yea
3/24/04 HR 3873 Child Nutrition Improvement and Integrity Act
Bill Passed - House (419 - 5)
Yea
3/18/04 HR 1375 Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (392 - 25)
Yea
3/17/04 H Res 557 War in Iraq Anniversary Resolution
Resolution Passed - House (327 - 93)
Yea
3/11/04 HR 3717 FCC Indecency Penalties Bill
Bill Passed - House (391 - 22)
Yea
3/10/04 HR 339 Food Industry Obesity Lawsuits (Cheeseburger Bill)
Bill Passed - House (276 - 139)
Yea
3/03/04 HR 1561 US Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act, 2004
Bill Passed - House (379 - 28)
NA
2/26/04 HR 1997 Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004
Bill Passed - House (254 - 163)
Yea
2/25/04 HR 2751 GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (382 - 43)
Nay
1/28/04 S 1920 Farmer Bankruptcy Bill
Bill Passed - House (265 - 99)
Yea
11/22/03 HR 1 Medicare Prescription Drug bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (220 - 215)
Nay
11/22/03 S 877 Reduction of SPAM bill
Bill Passed - House (392 - 5)
Yea
11/21/03 HR 1904 Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003
Conference Report Adopted - House (286 - 140)
Yea
11/21/03 S 1156 Department of Veterans Affairs Improvement Act of 2003
Bill Passed - House (423 - 2)
Yea
11/20/03 HR 2417 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004
Conference Report Adopted - House (264 - 163)
Yea
11/20/03 HR 253 Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2003
Bill Passed - House (352 - 67)
Yea
11/18/03 HR 2754 Energy and Water Appropriations, FY 2004 bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (387 - 36)
Yea
11/18/03 HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (246 - 180)
Yea
11/07/03 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (362 - 40)
Did Not Vote
11/06/03 HR 1829 Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2003
Bill Passed - House (350 - 65)
Yea
11/05/03 HR 2559 Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2004
Conference Report Adopted - House (417 - 5)
Yea
10/31/03 HR 3289 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense
Conference Report Adopted - House (298 - 121)
Yea

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.