Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
10/30/07 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization
Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 22)
Yea
10/25/07 S Amdt 3453 Amtrak Federal Subsidy Limits
Amendment Rejected - Senate (28 - 66)
Nay
10/24/07 S 2205 DREAM Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 44)
Yea
10/23/07 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Bill Passed - Senate (75 - 19)
Yea
10/18/07 S Amdt 3330 Grants to Organizations Which Perform Abortions
Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 52)
Nay
10/16/07 HR 3093 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008
Bill Passed - Senate (75 - 19)
Yea
10/03/07 S Amdt 3117 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations
Amendment Adopted - Senate (95 - 1)
Yea
10/01/07 HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3)
Yea
9/27/07 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (67 - 29)
Yea
9/26/07 S Amdt 2997 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Federalism in Iraq
Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 23)
Yea
9/26/07 S Amdt 3017 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
Amendment Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
Yea
9/21/07 S Amdt 2898 Iraq Troop Reduction Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 47)
Yea
9/20/07 S Amdt 2934 Expressing Support for General Petraeus and All Members of the Armed Forces
Amendment Adopted - Senate (72 - 25)
Yea
9/20/07 S Amdt 2947 Expressing Support for All Men and Women in the U.S. Armed Forces
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 47)
Yea
9/19/07 S Amdt 2022 Habeas Corpus for Detainees of the United States
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 43)
Yea
9/19/07 S Amdt 2909 Time Between Troop Deployments
Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 44)
Yea
9/18/07 S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 42)
Yea
9/11/07 S Amdt 2797 Limiting Mexican Trucks to Commercial Zones Near the Border Between the U.S. and Mexico
Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 23)
Yea
9/10/07 S Amdt 2792 Bridge Repair Funding
Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 33)
Yea
9/07/07 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (79 - 12)
Yea
9/06/07 S Amdt 2707 Prohibiting U.S. Assistance for Groups that Support Coercive Abortion
Amendment Adopted - Senate (48 - 45)
Nay
8/03/07 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 28)
Nay
8/02/07 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31)
Yea
8/02/07 S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (83 - 14)
Yea
7/26/07 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (85 - 8)
Yea
7/26/07 HR 2638 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 4)
Yea
7/26/07 S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding
Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 44)
Yea
7/26/07 S Amdt 2480 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations
Amendment Adopted - Senate (89 - 1)
Yea
7/20/07 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants
Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 18)
Yea
7/19/07 S Amdt 2351 Sense of the Senate on Guantanamo Bay Detainees
Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
7/18/07 S Amdt 2087 Iraq Troop Reduction
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
6/28/07 S 1639 Second Immigration Act of 2007
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
6/26/07 HR 800 Union Organization Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 48)
Yea
6/21/07 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 27)
Yea
6/21/07 S Amdt 1704 Alternative Energy Subsidies
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 36)
Yea
6/19/07 S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007)
Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 23)
Yea
6/14/07 S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007)
None - Senate
Sponsor
6/14/07 S Amdt 1538 Clean Energy Achievement Criteria
Amendment Tabled - Senate (56 - 39)
Yea
6/14/07 S Amdt 1566 Offshore Drilling in Virginia
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 44)
Nay
6/11/07 S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 38)
Yea
6/07/07 S 1348 Immigration Act of 2007
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (34 - 61)
Yea
6/06/07 S Amdt 1151 Declaring English the National Language
Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 33)
Nay
6/06/07 S Amdt 1184 Denying Legal Status for Immigrants Convicted of Certain Crimes
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 51)
Nay
6/06/07 S Amdt 1202 Point Based Immigration Expiration Date
Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 55)
Yea
6/06/07 S Amdt 1250 Law Enforcement Review of Z Visa Applications
Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 39)
Nay
6/06/07 S Amdt 1316 Five Year Expiration for Guest Worker Program
Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 48)
Yea
6/06/07 S Amdt 1333 Barring Immigrants with Certain Criminal Histories
Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 32)
Yea
6/06/07 S Amdt 1384 English as the Common Language
Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 39)
Yea
5/24/07 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (80 - 14)
Yea
5/23/07 S Amdt 1169 Guest Worker Number Reduction Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (74 - 24)
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.