Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/10/12 S 3369 DISCLOSE Act
None - Senate
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5/24/12 S Amdt 2111 Prohibits Pharmaceutical Companies from Delaying the Release of Generic Drugs
None - Senate
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11/30/11 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act
None - Senate
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1/25/11 S 23 Patent Reform Act of 2011
None - House
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12/08/09 S Amdt 2793 Authorizing Importation of Prescription Drugs
None - Senate
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1/08/09 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
None - Senate
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6/24/08 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding
None - Senate
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5/20/08 S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies
None - Senate
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6/14/07 S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007)
None - Senate
Sponsor
3/08/07 S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007
None - Senate
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1/16/07 S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization
None - Senate
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1/04/07 S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007
None - Senate
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3/16/06 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment
None - Senate
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3/16/06 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment
None - Senate
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3/14/06 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment
None - Senate
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11/17/05 S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment
None - Senate
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11/17/05 S AMDT 2612 Price-Gouging During Emergencies Amendment
None - Senate
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11/17/05 S AMDT 2626 Temporary Tax on Crude Oil Amendment
None - Senate
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11/02/05 S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment
None - Senate
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11/01/05 S AMDT 2356 Hurricane Health Care for Survivors Amendment
None - Senate
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11/01/05 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment
None - Senate
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10/26/05 S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment
None - Senate
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10/26/05 S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment
None - Senate
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10/25/05 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
None - Senate
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10/25/05 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment
None - Senate
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10/05/05 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
None - Senate
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7/27/05 S AMDT 1626 Child Safety Lock Amendment
None - Senate
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6/29/05 S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule
None - Senate
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3/16/05 S AMDT 172 Perkins Vocational Education Program Amendment
None - Senate
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1/25/05 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005
None - Senate
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5/10/04 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners
None - House
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4/21/04 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill
None - Senate
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5/01/01 S 812 Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act
None - Senate
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3/19/01 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001
None - Senate
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1/22/01 S 27 Campaign Reform Act of 2001
None - Senate
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7/21/98 S Amdt 3230 Gun Lock Requirement Amendment
None - Senate
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7/07/98 S Amdt 3062 Space Station Termination Amendment
None - Senate
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5/25/98 S Amdt 393 FY 2000 Defense Auth.--Base Closures
None - Senate
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1/21/97 S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment
None - Senate
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9/07/95 S 1219 Campaign Finance Reform bill
None - Senate
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9/07/95 S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment
None - Senate
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3/28/95 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995
None - Senate
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11/08/93 S Amdt 1132 Prohibiting the Death Penalty for Minors
None - Senate
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9/21/93 S Amdt 910 Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Amendment
None - Senate
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2/04/93 S J Res 41 Balanced Budget amendment
None - Senate
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1/21/93 S 171 Department of the Environment Act
None - Senate
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1/21/93 S 21 California Desert Protection Act of 1994
None - Senate
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1/23/92 S 250 Expanding Voter Registration Opportunities
None - Senate
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2/20/91 S 429 Civil Actions Regarding Price-Fixing
None - House
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1/14/91 S 5 Family and Medical Leave
None - Senate
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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.