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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 22, 2003 S 1050 Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization-Passage Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2002 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Bill Passed - Senate
(90 - 9)
Nay
June 18, 2002 S 2600 Terrorism Insurance Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
Oct. 25, 2001 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
Oct. 15, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Did Not Vote
May 20, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 36)
Yea
April 30, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 11)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
June 19, 1997 S Amdt 416 Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Yea
April 17, 1996 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 8)
Nay
March 28, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 44)
Nay
Dec. 14, 1995 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate
(82 - 16)
Nay
June 7, 1995 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 8)
Yea
June 6, 1995 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(77 - 19)
Yea
March 16, 1994 HR 820 National Competitiveness Act of 1993 Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 40)
Yea
Sept. 22, 1993 HR 2491 Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994 Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 9)
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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