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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 31, 2007 S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations Bill Passed - House
(411 - 8)
Yea
April 19, 2007 HR 1905 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(241 - 177)
Nay
Sept. 26, 2006 Motion to Resolve Into Secret Session Motion Rejected - House
(171 - 217)
Nay
June 7, 2006 HR 5521 Legislative Branch FY 2007 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(361 - 53)
Yea
May 3, 2006 HR 4975 527 Reform Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(217 - 213)
Yea
March 30, 2006 H Res 746 Jack Abramoff Investigation Resolution Resolution Tabled - House
(216 - 193)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2005 H Res 437 Bipartisan Committee to Investigate Hurricane Katrina Resolution Passed - House
(224 - 188)
Yea
July 28, 2005 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - House
(305 - 122)
Yea
June 22, 2005 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - House
(330 - 82)
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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