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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
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
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
Nov. 1, 2001 HR 2311 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
Nov. 1, 2001 HR 2590 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(83 - 15)
Nay
Oct. 25, 2001 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
Oct. 17, 2001 HR 2217 Interior Department Appropriations for FY 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(95 - 3)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2001 S 1450 Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2001 S J Res 23 Military Force Authorization Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
June 29, 2001 S 1052 Patients' Bill of Rights Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 36)
Yea
May 26, 2001 HR 1836 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(58 - 33)
Yea
May 23, 2001 HR 1836 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 38)
Yea
May 10, 2001 H Con Res 83 Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(53 - 47)
Yea
April 2, 2001 S 27 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 41)
Yea
March 26, 2001 S Amdt 145 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 46)
Did Not Vote
March 21, 2001 S Amdt 134 Campaign Reform Act - Union Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(69 - 31)
Yea
March 20, 2001 S Amdt 115 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(70 - 30)
Yea
March 19, 2001 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001 Senate Co-sponsor
March 6, 2001 S J Res 6 Ergonomics Regulations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(56 - 44)
Yea
Feb. 1, 2001 PN 107 John Ashcroft, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 42)
Nay
Jan. 30, 2001 PN 96 Gale Ann Norton, Secretary of the Interior Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(75 - 24)
Yea
Oct. 25, 2000 HR 4811 Foreign Operations FY 2001 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(65 - 27)
Yea
Oct. 3, 2000 S 2045 American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act, 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
Sept. 19, 2000 HR 4444 U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 15)
Yea
Sept. 13, 2000 S Amdt 4132 China Nonproliferation Act Amendment Tabled - Senate
(65 - 32)
Yea
July 21, 2000 HR 4810 Marriage Tax Relief Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 34)
Nay
July 14, 2000 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 39)
Nay
July 13, 2000 S Amdt 3821 Estate Tax Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
June 29, 2000 HR 4762 '527' Political Groups Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 6)
Yea
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3689 Social Security and Medicare Surplus Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 43)
Nay
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3690 Off-budget Lockbox Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 37)
Yea
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3694 Health Care Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
June 28, 2000 S Amdt 3655 Funding for Special Education Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 47)
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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