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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 14, 2005 HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
July 14, 2005 S AMDT 1171 Detention Beds Increase Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 56)
Nay
July 14, 2005 S Amdt 1189 Air Cargo Security Programs Implementation Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(45 - 53)
Nay
July 14, 2005 S AMDT 1222 Disclosure of Classified Information Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
July 1, 2005 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
June 30, 2005 S 1307 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
June 29, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 0)
Yea
June 28, 2005 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 12)
Yea
June 20, 2005 PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 38)
Yea
June 16, 2005 S AMDT 784 Reduction in Dependence on Foreign Oil Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 53)
Nay
June 16, 2005 S AMDT 791 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 48)
Nay
June 14, 2005 PN 202 Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(73 - 24)
Yea
June 14, 2005 S Amdt 781 Environmental Effects Caused by Ethanol Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(59 - 38)
Yea
June 9, 2005 PN 200 William H. Pryor, Jr., Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
June 8, 2005 PN 201 Janice R Brown, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
May 26, 2005 PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
May 25, 2005 PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(55 - 43)
Yea
May 24, 2005 PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge Cloture Invoked - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
May 17, 2005 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 11)
Yea
May 10, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(100 - 0)
Yea
April 28, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
April 21, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 0)
Yea
April 18, 2005 S AMDT 464 Future Military Funding for Iraq Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(61 - 31)
Nay
April 14, 2005 S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 172 Perkins Vocational Education Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 56)
Nay
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 177 Education Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
March 17, 2005 S Amdt 210 Tax Subsidy for Domestic Companies Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 211 Native American Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Nay
March 17, 2005 S Amdt 214 Prescription Drugs Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Nay
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 220 Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 37)
Yea
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 229 Medicaid Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Yea
March 17, 2005 S Amdt 244 Unintended Pregnancy Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 53)
Nay
March 17, 2005 S Con Res 18 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
March 16, 2005 S AMDT 168 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Nay
March 10, 2005 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Yea
March 8, 2005 S AMDT 47 Violent Protestor Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
March 7, 2005 S AMDT 128 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 61)
Yea
March 7, 2005 S AMDT 44 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 49)
Nay
Feb. 16, 2005 S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 16, 2005 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(72 - 26)
Yea
Feb. 3, 2005 PN 12 Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(60 - 36)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2005 PN 8 Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(85 - 13)
Yea
Jan. 24, 2005 S J Res 1 Same Sex Marriage Resolution Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 11, 2004 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(69 - 17)
Yea
Oct. 6, 2004 S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2004 HR 1308 Child Tax Credit Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2004 HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 2)
Yea
July 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 0)
Yea
July 14, 2004 S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(48 - 50)
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.

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