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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 7, 2013 S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 32)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2013 S Amdt 2013 Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
Nov. 4, 2013 S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Cloture Invoked - Senate
(61 - 30)
Yea
April 25, 2013 S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 12, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 22)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Senate Co-sponsor
April 26, 2012 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Yea
Oct. 22, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(68 - 29)
Yea
July 18, 2006 H J Res 88 Same-Sex Marriage Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(236 - 187)
Nay
July 12, 1996 H Amdt 1286 Definition of Marriage Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(103 - 311)
Nay
July 12, 1996 HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Bill Passed - House
(342 - 67)
Yea
Nov. 1, 1995 H Amdt 890 Domestic Partners Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(249 - 172)
Nay
March 24, 1994 H Amdt 491 Homosexuality Education Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(224 - 194)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 29, 1993 H Amdt 318 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(295 - 133)
Nay
Sept. 29, 1993 HR 2401 Fiscal Year 1994 Defense Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(268 - 162)
Yea
June 30, 1993 H Amdt 188 DC's Domestic Partners Ordinance Amendment Adopted - House
(253 - 167)
Nay
Feb. 4, 1993 H Res 71 Agreeing to Family and Medical Leave Bill Resolution Passed - House
(247 - 152)
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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