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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 12, 2003 HR 1588 Defense Department FY2004 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(95 - 3)
Yea
Oct. 28, 2003 PN 884 Michael Leavitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Senate
(88 - 8)
Yea
Oct. 23, 2003 S Amdt 1904 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(60 - 34)
Yea
Oct. 21, 2003 S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 34)
Nay
Oct. 17, 2003 S 1689 Emergency Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2003 S J Res 17 FCC Media Ownership bill Bill Passed - Senate
(55 - 40)
Yea
July 31, 2003 HR 2738 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 32)
Nay
July 31, 2003 HR 2739 U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 32)
Nay
July 31, 2003 HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
July 11, 2003 HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 7)
Yea
June 27, 2003 S 1 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill Bill Passed - Senate
(76 - 21)
Yea
June 10, 2003 S Amdt 865 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 32)
Yea
June 10, 2003 S Amdt 871 Reduction of Foreign Oil Dependence Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(99 - 1)
Yea
May 23, 2003 HR 2 Jobs and Economic Growth bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 50)
Nay
May 22, 2003 S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
April 11, 2003 H Con Res 95 Congressional Budget for fiscal year 2004 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 50)
Nay
March 26, 2003 S Con Res 23 Budget Resolution FY2004 Resolution Passed - Senate
(56 - 44)
Nay
March 19, 2003 S Amdt 272 ANWR Oil Drilling Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 48)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2003 H J Res 2 Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(76 - 20)
Yea
Jan. 7, 2003 S 23 Unemployment Benefits bill Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 19, 2002 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Bill Passed - Senate
(90 - 9)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2002 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 2)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2002 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 1)
Yea
Oct. 11, 2002 H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(77 - 23)
Nay
Aug. 1, 2002 HR 3009 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 34)
Nay
Aug. 1, 2002 HR 5010 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - Senate
(95 - 3)
Yea
July 31, 2002 S 812 Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 21)
Yea
July 25, 2002 HR 5121 Legislative Branch Appropriation, FY2003 Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 14)
Yea
July 24, 2002 HR 4775 Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 7)
Yea
July 18, 2002 HR 5011 Military Construction Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2003 Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
July 15, 2002 S 2673 Accounting Industry Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
June 21, 2002 S Amdt 3927 Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 40)
Yea
June 18, 2002 S 2600 Terrorism Insurance Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
June 11, 2002 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 43)
Yea
June 7, 2002 S 2600 Terrorism Insurance Bill Senate Co-sponsor
May 8, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
April 25, 2002 HR 4 Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(88 - 11)
Yea
April 11, 2002 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 1)
Yea
March 20, 2002 HR 2356 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 40)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2002 S Amdt 2937 Allowing Signatures for Voter Registration by Mail Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(46 - 51)
Nay
Feb. 13, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Bill Passed - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2001 HR 1 No Child Left Behind Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(87 - 10)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2001 S 1438 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
Dec. 7, 2001 HR 2944 District of Columbia FY2002 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(79 - 20)
Yea
Dec. 7, 2001 S Amdt 2336 International Courts Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(78 - 21)
Yea
Dec. 4, 2001 HR 2299 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(97 - 2)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2001 HR 2330 Agriculture FY2002 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 7)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2001 HR 2500 Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State Appropriations, FY 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2001 HR 2620 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(87 - 7)
Yea
Nov. 6, 2001 HR 3061 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Act, 2002 Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 10)
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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