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Key Votes

Chet Edwards' Voting Records on Issue: Arts, Entertainment, and History

Full Name: Thomas 'Chet' Edwards
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lea Ann; 2 Children: John Thomas, Garrison
Birth Date: 11/24/1951
Birth Place: Corpus Christi, TX
Home City: Waco, TX
Religion: Methodist

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 29, 2008 S 2739 Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 Bill Passed - House
(291 - 117)
May 10, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - House
(244 - 185)
Dec. 8, 2005 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(234 - 197)
July 28, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(410 - 10)
June 23, 2005 H Amdt 343 Restoring Funds for Public Broadcasting Amendment Adopted - House
(284 - 140)
May 19, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(329 - 89)
March 11, 2004 HR 3717 FCC Indecency Penalties Bill Bill Passed - House
(391 - 22)
July 21, 1998 H Amdt 753 National Endowment for the Arts Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(253 - 173)
Feb. 1, 1996 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(414 - 16)
Jan. 4, 1996 HR 1977 1996 Interior Appropriations Veto Override Failed - House
(239 - 177)
Dec. 13, 1995 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(244 - 181)
Aug. 3, 1995 H Amdt 725 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(136 - 286)
July 18, 1995 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(244 - 181)
July 12, 1994 H Amdt 725 East Mojave National Preserve Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(239 - 183)
June 23, 1994 HR 4602 Interior Department FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(338 - 85)
July 15, 1993 HR 2520 Interior Department Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(278 - 138)

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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