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Gordon Smith's Voting Records on Issue: Federal, State and Local Relations

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(50 - 44)
July 14, 2004 S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(48 - 50)
Oct. 16, 2002 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 2)
June 11, 2002 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 43)
April 11, 2002 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 1)
June 20, 2000 S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(57 - 42)
Nov. 2, 1999 HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(49 - 48)
Oct. 8, 1998 S 442 Internet Tax Freedom bill Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 2)
May 22, 1998 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 5)
May 5, 1998 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 7)
April 1, 1998 S Amdt 2175 School Modernization Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(54 - 46)
March 4, 1998 S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 32)
May 23, 1997 S Amdt 357 Violent Crime Victims Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)

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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