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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 16, 2008 HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - House
(369 - 46)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 142)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(253 - 154)
Nay
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(206 - 201)
Nay
Dec. 13, 2007 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(222 - 199)
Nay
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(370 - 49)
Yea
Nov. 14, 2007 HR 4156 Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense and Timeline for Withdrawal from Iraq Bill Passed - House
(218 - 203)
Nay
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 3222 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(400 - 15)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2007 H Res 734 Sense of the House on Classification of Information on Corruption in Iraq Resolution Passed - House
(395 - 21)
Yea
Oct. 4, 2007 HR 2740 Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 30)
Nay
Oct. 2, 2007 HR 3087 Requiring Reports from the Defense Department to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq Bill Passed - House
(377 - 46)
Yea
Sept. 25, 2007 HR 1400 Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(397 - 16)
Yea
Aug. 5, 2007 HR 3222 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008 Bill Passed - House
(395 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 4, 2007 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Bill Passed - House
(227 - 183)
Yea
July 25, 2007 HR 2929 Ban on Permanent Bases in Iraq Bill Passed - House
(399 - 24)
Nay
July 12, 2007 HR 2956 Redeployment from Iraq Act Bill Passed - House
(223 - 201)
Nay
June 21, 2007 H Amdt 378 Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly School of the Americas) Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(203 - 214)
Nay
June 15, 2007 HR 2638 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Passed - House
(268 - 150)
Nay
May 24, 2007 H Amdt 1 Departmental Appropriations for Defense, Security, and Hurricane Recovery Amendment Adopted - House
(348 - 73)
Yea
May 17, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(214 - 209)
Nay
May 8, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Bill Passed - House
(212 - 207)
Nay
May 2, 2007 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Veto Override Failed - House
(222 - 203)
Nay
April 25, 2007 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Conference Report Adopted - House
(218 - 208)
Nay
March 23, 2007 HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Bill Passed - House
(218 - 212)
Nay
Feb. 16, 2007 H Con Res 63 Iraq War Policy Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House
(246 - 182)
Nay
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. 27, 2006 HR 6166 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(253 - 168)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 5631 Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House
(394 - 22)
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 13, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - House
(351 - 67)
Yea
June 6, 2006 HR 5441 Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act, 2007 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 9)
Yea
March 16, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - House
(348 - 71)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2005 HR 1815 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(374 - 41)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(308 - 106)
Yea
July 20, 2005 HR 2601 State Department FY 2006/2007 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(351 - 78)
Yea
June 20, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(398 - 19)
Did Not Vote
May 25, 2005 HR 1815 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(390 - 39)
Yea
May 5, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - House
(368 - 58)
Yea
April 28, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(214 - 211)
Yea
March 17, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House
(218 - 214)
Yea
March 16, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - House
(388 - 43)
Yea
July 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(410 - 12)
Yea
June 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(403 - 17)
Yea
May 20, 2004 HR 4200 Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(391 - 34)
Yea
March 17, 2004 H Res 557 War in Iraq Anniversary Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(327 - 93)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2003 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(362 - 40)
Yea
Nov. 5, 2003 HR 2559 Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2004 Conference Report Adopted - House
(417 - 5)
Yea
Oct. 31, 2003 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.

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