Issue Category

13 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/09/08 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 28)
Yea
7/09/08 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill
Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 66)
Nay
2/12/08 S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 29)
Yea
2/12/08 S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (31 - 67)
Nay
2/12/08 S Amdt 3910 FISA as Exclusive Means for Conducting Electronic Surveillance
Amendment Rejected - Senate (57 - 41)
Yea
9/19/07 S Amdt 2022 Habeas Corpus for Detainees of the United States
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 43)
Yea
7/19/07 S Amdt 2351 Sense of the Senate on Guantanamo Bay Detainees
Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
9/28/06 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Yea
9/28/06 S Amdt 5087 Habeas Review Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
9/28/06 S Amdt 5095 Oversight of CIA Interrogation and Detention Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Nay
3/02/06 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 10)
Yea
12/16/05 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
3/08/05 S AMDT 47 Violent Protestor Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
10/16/02 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 2)
Yea
4/11/02 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001
Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 1)
Yea
2/27/02 S Amdt 2937 Allowing Signatures for Voter Registration by Mail
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (46 - 51)
Yea
10/25/01 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
6/20/00 S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 42)
Yea
7/22/98 S Amdt 3263 Phone Recording Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
6/06/95 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
Nay
5/12/94 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (69 - 30)
Yea
5/11/93 HR 2 Motor Voter Registration
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (62 - 36)
Yea
3/17/93 HR 2 Motor Voter Registration
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 37)
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:

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