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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 12, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 22)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 2, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
Dec. 6, 2011 PN 5 Nomination of Caitlin Joan Halligan to the District of Columbia Circuit Court Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
Aug. 5, 2010 PN 1768 Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 37)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2009 PN 187-111 David F. Hamilton, Seventh Circuit Judge Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
Aug. 6, 2009 PN 506-111 Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Yea
Jan. 31, 2006 PN 1059 Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 42)
Nay
Oct. 20, 2005 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - Senate
(93 - 1)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2005 PN 801 Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Senate
(78 - 22)
Nay
June 14, 2005 PN 202 Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(73 - 24)
Nay
June 9, 2005 PN 200 William H. Pryor, Jr., Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
June 8, 2005 PN 201 Janice R Brown, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(56 - 43)
Nay
May 25, 2005 PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(55 - 43)
Nay
May 24, 2005 PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge Cloture Invoked - Senate
(81 - 18)
Nay
Feb. 10, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(72 - 26)
Nay
Feb. 3, 2005 PN 12 Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(60 - 36)
Nay
June 17, 1999 HR 1501 Juvenile Justice bill Bill Passed - House
(287 - 139)
Yea
Feb. 25, 1998 H Amdt 497 Death Sentence Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(113 - 300)
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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