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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 16, 2008 HR 415 Adding Parts of the Taunton River to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Bill Passed - House
(242 - 175)
NA
April 29, 2008 S 2739 Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 Bill Passed - House
(291 - 117)
NA
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(253 - 154)
NA
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(206 - 201)
NA
Nov. 6, 2007 HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - House
(361 - 54)
NA
Nov. 1, 2007 HR 2262 Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act Bill Passed - House
(244 - 166)
NA
Sept. 25, 2006 HR 5062 New Hampshire Wilderness Act Bill Failed - House
(220 - 169)
NA
May 18, 2006 HR 5386 Interior Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(293 - 128)
NA
Dec. 19, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(308 - 106)
NA
Nov. 9, 2005 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - House
(339 - 17)
NA
Nov. 9, 2005 HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - House
(397 - 19)
NA
Sept. 15, 2005 H Res 437 Bipartisan Committee to Investigate Hurricane Katrina Resolution Passed - House
(224 - 188)
NA
July 28, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(410 - 10)
NA
June 20, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(398 - 19)
NA
June 16, 2005 HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Bill Passed - House
(418 - 7)
NA
May 24, 2005 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - House
(416 - 13)
NA
May 19, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(329 - 89)
NA
May 5, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - House
(368 - 58)
NA
April 28, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(214 - 211)
NA
April 21, 2005 H Amdt 370 Liability Shield Language Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(213 - 219)
NA
April 20, 2005 H Amdt 72 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(200 - 231)
NA
March 17, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House
(218 - 214)
NA
March 16, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - House
(388 - 43)
NA

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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