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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 18, 2013 S Amdt 1228 Requires US-VISIT System to be Established at Every Port of Entry Amendment Rejected - Senate
(36 - 58)
Nay
May 6, 2013 S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 27)
Yea
April 25, 2013 S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 Cloture Invoked - Senate
(63 - 30)
Yea
Dec. 28, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 23)
Nay
Nov. 14, 2012 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 47)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2012 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 46)
Yea
June 21, 2012 S Amdt 2372 Prohibits the EPA from Conducting Aerial Surveillance of Agricultural Operations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(56 - 43)
Nay
Nov. 10, 2011 S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry Motion Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
July 9, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 28)
Nay
July 9, 2008 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(32 - 66)
Yea
Feb. 12, 2008 S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 29)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2008 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(31 - 67)
Yea
Feb. 12, 2008 S Amdt 3910 FISA as Exclusive Means for Conducting Electronic Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(57 - 41)
Yea
Aug. 3, 2007 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 28)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2006 HR 5825 Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act Bill Passed - House
(232 - 191)
Nay
July 27, 2006 HR 4157 Better Health Information Systems Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(270 - 148)
Nay
July 11, 2006 H Amdt 1179 Online Gambling Ban Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(114 - 297)
Yea
July 11, 2006 HR 4411 Internet Gambling Bill Bill Passed - House
(317 - 93)
Yea
June 8, 2006 HR 5252 COPE Bill of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(321 - 101)
Nay
March 7, 2006 S 2271 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House
(280 - 138)
Nay
Nov. 2, 2005 HR 1606 Online Freedom of Speech Act Bill Failed - House
(225 - 182)
Nay
March 11, 2004 HR 3717 FCC Indecency Penalties Bill Bill Passed - House
(391 - 22)
Yea
Nov. 22, 2003 S 877 Reduction of SPAM bill Bill Passed - House
(392 - 5)
Yea
Sept. 25, 2003 HR 3161 Do-Not-Call-Registry bill Bill Passed - House
(412 - 8)
Yea
June 10, 2003 HR 2143 Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act Bill Passed - House
(319 - 104)
Yea
April 10, 2003 S 151 Enhance AMBER Alert bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(400 - 25)
Nay
Oct. 10, 2002 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(357 - 48)
Yea
Oct. 24, 2001 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House
(357 - 66)
Nay
May 10, 2000 HR 3709 Regarding Internet Taxation Bill Passed - House
(352 - 75)
Nay
Sept. 8, 1999 H Amdt 423 International Space Station Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(121 - 298)
Yea
May 19, 1999 HR 1654 NASA Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(259 - 168)
Nay
Feb. 1, 1996 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(414 - 16)
Nay
Nov. 22, 1993 H Amdt 416 Penny Amendment to the Government Reform and Savings Act of 1993 Amendment Rejected - House
(213 - 219)
Nay
June 23, 1993 H Amdt 134 Space Station Termination Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(215 - 216)
Yea
May 19, 1993 HR 820 National Competitiveness Act of 1993 Bill Passed - House
(243 - 167)
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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