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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 16, 2005 S AMDT 168 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Yea
March 16, 2005 S AMDT 220 Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
March 10, 2005 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Yea
March 8, 2005 S AMDT 47 Violent Protestor Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
March 7, 2005 S AMDT 128 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 61)
Nay
March 7, 2005 S AMDT 44 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 49)
Nay
Feb. 16, 2005 S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 10, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(72 - 26)
Yea
Feb. 3, 2005 PN 12 Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(60 - 36)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2005 PN 8 Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(85 - 13)
Yea
Jan. 25, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 11, 2004 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(69 - 17)
Nay
Oct. 6, 2004 S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2004 HR 1308 Child Tax Credit Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2004 S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 Senate Sponsor
Sept. 21, 2004 HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 2)
Yea
July 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 0)
Yea
July 14, 2004 S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(48 - 50)
Nay
June 23, 2004 S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
May 21, 2004 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners Resolution Passed - Senate
(92 - 0)
Yea
May 13, 2004 HR 1350 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Bill Passed - Senate
(95 - 3)
Yea
May 11, 2004 S 1637 Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 5)
Yea
May 11, 2004 S Amdt 3114 Unemployment Benefits Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(59 - 40)
Yea
May 10, 2004 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners House Co-sponsor
April 29, 2004 S 150 Internet Access Tax Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(93 - 3)
Yea
April 22, 2004 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
April 21, 2004 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill Senate Co-sponsor
April 8, 2004 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(78 - 19)
Yea
March 25, 2004 HR 1997 Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004 Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 38)
Yea
March 12, 2004 S Con Res 95 Budget Appropriations- FY 2005 Resolution Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 45)
Yea
March 2, 2004 S 1805 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Bill Failed - Senate
(8 - 90)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2004 S 1072 Highway Trust Fund Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(76 - 21)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2004 HR 2673 Consolidated Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(65 - 28)
Yea
Nov. 25, 2003 HR 1 Medicare Prescription Drug bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Yea
Nov. 12, 2003 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(95 - 3)
Yea
Oct. 28, 2003 PN 884 Michael Leavitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Senate
(88 - 8)
Yea
Oct. 23, 2003 S Amdt 1904 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(60 - 34)
Nay
Oct. 21, 2003 S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 34)
Nay
Oct. 17, 2003 S 1689 Emergency Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2003 S J Res 17 FCC Media Ownership bill Bill Passed - Senate
(55 - 40)
Yea
July 31, 2003 HR 2738 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 32)
Yea
July 31, 2003 HR 2739 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 32)
Yea
July 31, 2003 HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
July 15, 2003 S J Res 17 FCC Media Ownership bill Senate Co-sponsor
July 11, 2003 HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 7)
Yea
June 27, 2003 S 1 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill Bill Passed - Senate
(76 - 21)
Yea
June 10, 2003 S Amdt 865 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 32)
Yea
June 10, 2003 S Amdt 871 Reduction of Foreign Oil Dependence Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(99 - 1)
Yea
June 10, 2003 S Amdt 871 Reduction of Foreign Oil Dependence Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 23, 2003 HR 2 Jobs and Economic Growth bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 50)
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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