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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 2985 Repeals the Limit on the Use of Funds to Procure Alternative Fuel Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 37)
Yea
March 29, 2012 S 2204 Amends Energy-Related Tax Credits Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 47)
Yea
Aug. 6, 2009 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 37)
Yea
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 13)
Yea
July 26, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 35)
Yea
June 17, 2008 HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 44)
Yea
June 10, 2008 S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 43)
Yea
June 6, 2008 S Amdt 4825 Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(48 - 36)
Yea
May 22, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(82 - 13)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 15)
Yea
April 10, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 12)
Yea
April 10, 2008 S Amdt 4419 to S Amdt 4387 to HR 3221 Energy Tax Credits Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(88 - 8)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4207 to S Con Res 70 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil Shale and Offshore Natural Gas Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4329 to S Con Res 70 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil and Natural Gas in Coastal Areas Not Covered by a Moratorium Amendment Adopted - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 14, 2007 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 14)
Nay
June 21, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 27)
Yea
June 21, 2007 S Amdt 1704 Alternative Energy Subsidies Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 36)
Yea
June 14, 2007 S Amdt 1538 Clean Energy Achievement Criteria Amendment Tabled - Senate
(56 - 39)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3128 ANWR Revenues Amendment Bill Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(54 - 43)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Oct. 5, 2005 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 49)
Yea
July 29, 2005 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)
Nay
July 1, 2005 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
June 28, 2005 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 12)
Nay
June 16, 2005 S AMDT 791 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 48)
Yea
May 10, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(100 - 0)
Yea
April 21, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 0)
Yea
March 16, 2005 S AMDT 168 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Yea
July 31, 2003 HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 14)
Nay
June 10, 2003 S Amdt 865 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 32)
Yea
March 19, 2003 S Amdt 272 ANWR Oil Drilling Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 48)
Yea
Feb. 10, 2000 S 1287 Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 34)
Nay
Oct. 13, 1999 Treaty Doc. 105-28 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Sept. 28, 1999 HR 2605 Energy FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
Sept. 1, 1998 S Amdt 3506 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 44)
Yea
June 25, 1997 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 27)
Nay
April 15, 1997 S 104 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Nay
Sept. 17, 1996 HR 3816 Appropriations bill FY97, Energy and Water Development Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 8)
Yea
July 31, 1996 S 1936 Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate
(63 - 37)
Nay
June 30, 1994 HR 4506 Appropriations Bill FY95, Energy and Water Development Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 8)
Yea
June 30, 1994 S Amdt 2127 Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor Termination Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(52 - 46)
Nay
Nov. 9, 1993 HR 2520 Interior Department Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 9)
Yea
Oct. 27, 1993 HR 2445 Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994, Energy and Water Development Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 11)
Yea
Sept. 30, 1993 HR 2445 Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994, Energy and Water Development 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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