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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 16, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2005 S 2020 Tax Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 33)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2602 Hurricane Victims Tax Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 55)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2610 Tax Rate Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2612 Price-Gouging During Emergencies Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(57 - 42)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2616 Earned Income Tax Credit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(55 - 43)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2626 Temporary Tax on Crude Oil Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2634 Additional Funding For Veterans Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2650 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
Nov. 16, 2005 HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(94 - 5)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2518 Iraq Progress Reports Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 58)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2523 Judicial Review of Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2524 Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 S AMDT 2476 Investigating Contracts in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
Nov. 10, 2005 S Amdt 2516 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 42)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2005 S AMDT 2430 National Commission on Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2348 Medicaid Generic Drug Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2351 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2356 Hurricane Health Care for Survivors Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2358 ANWR Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 45)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 48)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2381 Prescription Drug Plan Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2400 Alaska Judicial Review of Oil Revenue Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
Oct. 27, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2005 S AMDT 2259 AIDS Drug Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(46 - 50)
Nay
Oct. 27, 2005 S AMDT 2287 After School Funding Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(41 - 56)
Nay
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(54 - 43)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 51)
Nay
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Oct. 25, 2005 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Oct. 20, 2005 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - Senate
(93 - 1)
Yea
Oct. 18, 2005 S AMDT 2062 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(92 - 6)
Yea
Oct. 7, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
Oct. 5, 2005 S AMDT 1937 Health Care for Veterans Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
Oct. 5, 2005 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
Sept. 29, 2005 PN 801 Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Senate
(78 - 22)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2005 S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 52)
Nay
Sept. 14, 2005 S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
Sept. 14, 2005 S Amdt 1670 Special Committee on Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay

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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