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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 7, 2006 PN 1396 Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(80 - 11)
Nay
May 3, 2006 S AMDT 3688 Influenza Vaccine Injury Compensation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 46)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2730 Medicare Part D Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(52 - 45)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2348 Medicaid Generic Drug Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2356 Hurricane Health Care for Survivors Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 45)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 48)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
Oct. 27, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2005 S AMDT 2259 AIDS Drug Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(46 - 50)
Nay
Oct. 5, 2005 S AMDT 1937 Health Care for Veterans Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
April 28, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
March 17, 2005 S Amdt 214 Prescription Drugs Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Nay
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 229 Medicaid Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Yea
Nov. 25, 2003 HR 1 Medicare Prescription Drug bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Yea
June 27, 2003 S 1 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill Bill Passed - Senate
(76 - 21)
Nay
July 31, 2002 S 812 Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 21)
Nay
June 29, 2001 S 1052 Patients' Bill of Rights Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 36)
Nay
July 14, 1999 S Amdt 1241 Women's Health and Cancer Rights Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(55 - 45)
Yea
June 22, 1999 S Amdt 702 Patients' Bill of Rights Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(53 - 47)
Yea
June 4, 1998 S Amdt 2438 Underage Tobacco Usage amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(29 - 66)
Nay
March 31, 1998 S AMDT 2168 Tobacco Immunity Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Yea
Feb. 10, 1998 PN 623 David Satcher, Surgeon General of the Public Health Service Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 35)
Nay
Nov. 8, 1997 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 4)
Yea
Sept. 24, 1997 S 830 Prescription Drug bill Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 2)
Yea
June 25, 1997 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 27)
Yea
June 25, 1997 S Amdt 468 Private Contracts Amendment Motion Agreed - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
April 16, 1997 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 0)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
April 18, 1996 S Amdt 3677 Deletion of Medical Savings Accounts Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 46)
Nay
July 27, 1995 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 3)
Yea
June 22, 1995 PN 245 Henry W. Foster Jr., Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 43)
Nay
March 9, 1994 H Amdt 462 Tobacco Education Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(353 - 70)
Yea
Nov. 22, 1993 H Amdt 416 Penny Amendment to the Government Reform and Savings Act of 1993 Amendment Rejected - House
(213 - 219)
Yea
Oct. 7, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(311 - 115)
Yea
June 30, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(305 - 124)
Yea
Feb. 3, 1993 HR 1 Family & Medical Leave Bill Bill Passed - House
(265 - 163)
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:

  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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