Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
11/10/05 HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 0)
Yea
11/10/05 S AMDT 2476 Investigating Contracts in Iraq Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Yea
11/10/05 S Amdt 2516 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 42)
Nay
11/08/05 S AMDT 2430 National Commission on Detainees Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55)
Yea
11/03/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 18)
Yea
11/03/05 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 47)
Nay
11/03/05 S AMDT 2348 Medicaid Generic Drug Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2351 Pay As You Go Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2356 Hurricane Health Care for Survivors Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2358 ANWR Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 45)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 48)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2381 Prescription Drug Plan Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2400 Alaska Judicial Review of Oil Revenue Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
11/03/05 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Yea
11/02/05 S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
11/01/05 S AMDT 2356 Hurricane Health Care for Survivors Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
11/01/05 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/27/05 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
10/27/05 S AMDT 2259 AIDS Drug Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 50)
Yea
10/27/05 S AMDT 2287 After School Funding Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 56)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (54 - 43)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Nay
10/26/05 S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 51)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/26/05 S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/25/05 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/25/05 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
10/25/05 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/20/05 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation
Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 1)
Yea
10/18/05 S AMDT 2062 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (92 - 6)
Yea
10/07/05 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0)
Yea
10/05/05 S AMDT 1937 Health Care for Veterans Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
10/05/05 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
10/05/05 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
9/29/05 PN 801 Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
None - Senate (78 - 22)
Yea
9/22/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2)
Yea
9/15/05 S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (43 - 52)
Yea
9/14/05 S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
Yea
9/14/05 S Amdt 1670 Special Committee on Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Yea
9/13/05 S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule
Bill Failed - Senate (47 - 51)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (99 - 1)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 4)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 4)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
Yea
7/29/05 S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 31)
Yea
7/28/05 HR 3045 CAFTA Implementation Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (55 - 45)
Nay
7/28/05 S AMDT 1626 Child Safety Lock Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 30)
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
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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.