Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
10/01/08 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 25)
Yea
10/01/08 HR 2095 Amtrak Reauthorization
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
10/01/08 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement
Bill Passed - Senate (86 - 13)
Yea
9/27/08 HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (78 - 12)
Yea
9/17/08 S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (88 - 8)
Yea
7/31/08 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 3)
Yea
7/31/08 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (83 - 8)
Yea
7/26/08 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (72 - 13)
Yea
7/26/08 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 35)
Nay
7/16/08 HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis
Bill Passed - Senate (80 - 16)
Yea
7/16/08 S Amdt 5077 Funding Amendment to AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Bill
Amendment Rejected - Senate (31 - 64)
Nay
7/15/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Veto Override Passed - Senate (70 - 26)
Yea
7/15/08 S Amdt 5078 Limiting Countries for HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Funding
Amendment Tabled - Senate (70 - 24)
Yea
7/10/08 PN 1641 Nomination of General Petraeus as Military Leader of the Middle East
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (95 - 2)
Yea
7/09/08 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 28)
Yea
7/09/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Cloture Invoked - Senate (69 - 30)
Yea
7/09/08 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill
Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 66)
Nay
6/26/08 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (92 - 6)
Yea
6/25/08 S Amdt 4983 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs
Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 16)
Yea
6/24/08 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
6/18/08 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - Senate (80 - 14)
Yea
6/17/08 HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 44)
Nay
6/10/08 S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 43)
Nay
6/06/08 S Amdt 4825 Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (48 - 36)
Did Not Vote
5/22/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - Senate (82 - 13)
Yea
5/22/08 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions
Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 22)
Yea
5/22/08 S Amdt 4817 Iraq Provisions Including a Troop Withdrawal
Amendment Rejected - Senate (34 - 63)
Nay
5/22/08 S Amdt 4818 Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 26)
Yea
5/15/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 15)
Yea
5/07/08 S Amdt 4719 Optional Wind Damage Insurance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (19 - 74)
Yea
4/23/08 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Nay
4/10/08 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions
Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 12)
Yea
4/10/08 S Amdt 4419 to S Amdt 4387 to HR 3221 Energy Tax Credits Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (88 - 8)
Yea
4/04/08 S Amdt 4419 to S Amdt 4387 to HR 3221 Energy Tax Credits Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/14/08 S Amdt 4233 Codifying the Definition of a Child Eligible for SCHIP
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Yea
3/14/08 S Amdt 4299 Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the Legalization of Importing Certain Prescription Drugs
Amendment Adopted - Senate (73 - 23)
Nay
3/14/08 S Con Res 70 Concurrent Budget Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 44)
Did Not Vote
3/13/08 S Amdt 4207 to S Con Res 70 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil Shale and Offshore Natural Gas
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Yea
3/13/08 S Amdt 4231 Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 37)
Yea
3/13/08 S Amdt 4259 Immigration Enforcement and Employer Sanctions Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 45)
Nay
3/13/08 S Amdt 4309 to S Con Res 70 Restriction of Federal Assistance Based on Compliance with Federal Immigration Laws
Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 40)
Yea
3/13/08 S Amdt 4329 to S Con Res 70 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil and Natural Gas in Coastal Areas Not Covered by a Moratorium
Amendment Adopted - Senate (56 - 43)
Nay
3/13/08 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium
Motion Rejected - Senate (29 - 71)
Nay
3/06/08 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 13)
Yea
2/26/08 S 1200 Health Care for Indigenous Peoples
Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 10)
Yea
2/26/08 S Amdt 3896 Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 42)
Yea
2/25/08 S Amdt 4070 Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership
Amendment Adopted - Senate (78 - 11)
Yea
2/13/08 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 45)
Nay
2/12/08 S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 29)
Yea
2/12/08 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (31 - 67)
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.