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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 13, 2008 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
Nov. 8, 2007 PN 958 Michael B. Mukasey, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(53 - 40)
Nay
Oct. 16, 2007 HR 3093 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008 Bill Passed - Senate
(75 - 19)
Did Not Vote
June 28, 2007 S 1639 Second Immigration Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
June 11, 2007 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 38)
Yea
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1184 Denying Legal Status for Immigrants Convicted of Certain Crimes Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 51)
Nay
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1250 Law Enforcement Review of Z Visa Applications Amendment Adopted - Senate
(57 - 39)
Nay
June 6, 2007 S Amdt 1333 Barring Immigrants with Certain Criminal Histories Amendment Adopted - Senate
(66 - 32)
Yea
March 20, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 2)
Yea
Nov. 16, 2005 HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(94 - 5)
Yea
March 8, 2005 S AMDT 47 Violent Protestor Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
April 22, 2004 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
March 25, 2004 HR 1997 Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004 Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 38)
Nay
June 11, 2002 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 43)
Yea
June 20, 2000 S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(57 - 42)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2000 S Amdt 2763 Violent Protesters Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(80 - 17)
Yea
May 20, 1999 S 254 Juvenile Crime bill Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 25)
Yea
Aug. 25, 1994 HR 3355 Omnibus Crime Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(61 - 38)
Yea
May 12, 1994 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
Nov. 9, 1993 S Amdt 1151 Improving Fingerprint Systems Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(49 - 51)
Nay
Nov. 5, 1993 S Amdt 1117 Charging Teens as Adults for Crimes Involving a Firearm Amendment Adopted - Senate
(64 - 23)
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.

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