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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 22, 2012 H J Res 117 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(62 - 30)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2012 S Amdt 1472 Prohibits Consideration of Bills Containing Earmarks Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
Jan. 26, 2012 H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
June 23, 2011 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
Nov. 30, 2010 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks Motion Rejected - Senate
(39 - 56)
Nay
Jan. 26, 2010 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 46)
Yea
Sept. 30, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(62 - 38)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium Motion Rejected - Senate
(29 - 71)
Nay
Sept. 18, 2007 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 42)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2007 S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(83 - 14)
Yea
Oct. 18, 2005 S AMDT 2062 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(92 - 6)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2005 S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 52)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2005 S Amdt 1670 Special Committee on Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
July 29, 2005 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 4)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2004 HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 2)
Yea
Oct. 23, 2003 S Amdt 1904 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(60 - 34)
Yea
July 11, 2003 HR 2657 Emergency Supplemental Appropriation, FY 2003 bill Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 7)
Yea
July 25, 2002 HR 5121 Legislative Branch Appropriation, FY2003 Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 14)
Yea
June 16, 1999 HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(95 - 4)
Yea
July 21, 1998 HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate
(90 - 9)
Yea
June 25, 1998 S Amdt 2981 Military Closure Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(48 - 45)
Nay
April 23, 1996 S J Res 21 Term Limits bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 42)
Yea
Jan. 5, 1995 S Amdt 1 Filibuster Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(76 - 19)
Yea
July 1, 1994 HR 4454 Legislative Branch FY95 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(73 - 27)
Nay
July 23, 1993 HR 2348 Legislative Branch FY94 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 7)
Nay

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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