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Key Votes

Arlen Specter's Voting Records on Issue: Arts, Entertainment, and History

Full Name: Arlen Specter
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Joan; 2 Children: Shanin, Stephen
Birth Date: 02/12/1930
Birth Place: Wichita, KS
Home City: Philadephia, PA
Religion: Jewish

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 3, 2009 S Amdt 109 Hollywood Productions Tax Credit Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 45)
Yea
May 11, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Did Not Vote
July 29, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(99 - 1)
Yea
June 29, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 0)
Yea
Aug. 5, 1999 S Amdt 1569 NEA Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(80 - 16)
Yea
Feb. 1, 1996 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 5)
Yea
Dec. 14, 1995 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
June 15, 1995 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
Sept. 28, 1994 HR 4602 Interior Department FY95 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 7)
Yea
July 25, 1994 S Amdt 2396 Prohibition of Funds to National Endowments for the Arts for Certain Projects Amendment Tabled - Senate
(49 - 42)
Did Not Vote
April 13, 1994 S 21 California Desert Protection Act of 1994 Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 29)
Yea
Nov. 9, 1993 HR 2520 Interior Department Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - 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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