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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 29, 2006 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(80 - 19)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 S Amdt 5104 Military Commissions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Nay
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4936 National Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(41 - 57)
Nay
Sept. 13, 2006 S Amdt 4999 Security of Cargo Containers Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
Aug. 2, 2006 S AMDT 4775 Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
July 13, 2006 S Amdt 4659 Double-Layered Fencing Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(29 - 71)
Yea
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
July 12, 2006 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(87 - 11)
Did Not Vote
July 11, 2006 S AMDT 4563 FEMA Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(32 - 66)
Did Not Vote
June 15, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
May 26, 2006 PN 1552 Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(78 - 15)
Yea
May 25, 2006 S 2611 Immigration Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Nay
May 4, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 21)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
March 2, 2006 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 10)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 44)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 0)
Yea
Dec. 16, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Oct. 7, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2005 S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
July 26, 2005 S AMDT 1351 Corporate Financing of Terrorism Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
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)
Yea
July 14, 2005 S AMDT 1222 Disclosure of Classified Information Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
May 10, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(100 - 0)
Yea
April 21, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 0)
Yea
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 220 Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 37)
Nay
Oct. 6, 2004 S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
June 23, 2004 S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
May 22, 2003 S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2002 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Bill Passed - Senate
(90 - 9)
Yea
June 18, 2002 S 2600 Terrorism Insurance Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 14)
Nay
Oct. 25, 2001 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
Oct. 15, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
May 20, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 36)
Nay
April 30, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 11)
Nay
Sept. 25, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
June 19, 1997 S Amdt 416 Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Nay
April 17, 1996 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 8)
Yea
March 28, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 44)
Yea
Dec. 14, 1995 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate
(82 - 16)
Yea
June 7, 1995 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 8)
Yea
June 6, 1995 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(77 - 19)
Yea
July 19, 1994 H Amdt 759 Intelligence Spending Disclosure Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 221)
Nay
Feb. 3, 1994 H Amdt 427 Fiscal 1994 Disaster Relief Funding Amendment Rejected - House
(207 - 211)
Yea
Oct. 19, 1993 HR 2491 Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994 Conference Report Adopted - House
(341 - 89)
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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