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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 31, 2008 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(83 - 8)
Yea
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 22)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(76 - 17)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 7, 2007 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(79 - 12)
Did Not Vote
July 20, 2007 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 18)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 31)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Oct. 27, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
Oct. 25, 2005 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
March 17, 2005 S AMDT 177 Education Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
March 2, 2000 S 1134 Education Savings Accounts Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Yea
April 21, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
March 11, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
Sept. 29, 1998 HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 0)
Yea
July 9, 1998 HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
June 24, 1998 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(59 - 36)
Yea
April 23, 1998 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Bill Passed - Senate
(56 - 43)
Nay
June 26, 1997 S Amdt 527 Family Tax Relief Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 61)
Yea
April 25, 1996 S Amdt 3670 Foreign Student Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nay
Oct. 18, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(80 - 15)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 29, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(82 - 17)
Yea
July 22, 1993 S Amdt 608 National Service Educational Awards Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(55 - 44)
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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