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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 2, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 31)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2730 Medicare Part D Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(52 - 45)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2735 Tax Rate Extension Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2735 Tax Rate Extension Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 31, 2006 PN 1059 Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 42)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 0)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 44)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(51 - 50)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2005 S Con Res 74 Removal of ANWR Provision from HR 2863 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(48 - 45)
Yea
Dec. 16, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Nov. 18, 2005 S 2020 Tax Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 33)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 47)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2602 Hurricane Victims Tax Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 55)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2610 Tax Rate Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2610 Tax Rate Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2612 Price-Gouging During Emergencies Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(57 - 42)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2616 Earned Income Tax Credit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(55 - 43)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2616 Earned Income Tax Credit Amendment Senate Sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2626 Temporary Tax on Crude Oil Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 48)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2626 Temporary Tax on Crude Oil Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2634 Additional Funding For Veterans Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2650 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 48)
Yea
Nov. 16, 2005 HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(94 - 5)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2518 Iraq Progress Reports Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 58)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2523 Judicial Review of Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2524 Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 S AMDT 2476 Investigating Contracts in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 S Amdt 2516 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 42)
Nay
Nov. 10, 2005 S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 8, 2005 S AMDT 2430 National Commission on Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 18)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2348 Medicaid Generic Drug Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2351 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 49)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2356 Hurricane Health Care for Survivors Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2358 ANWR Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 48)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2381 Prescription Drug Plan Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2400 Alaska Judicial Review of Oil Revenue Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Yea
Nov. 2, 2005 S AMDT 2358 ANWR Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 1, 2005 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment Senate Co-sponsor

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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