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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 31, 2008 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 3)
Did Not Vote
April 23, 2008 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4259 Immigration Enforcement and Employer Sanctions Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
March 6, 2008 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 13)
Did Not Vote
May 24, 2007 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(80 - 14)
Nay
Aug. 3, 2006 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Nay
June 21, 2006 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 46)
Yea
June 21, 2006 S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 53)
Nay
May 23, 2006 S AMDT 4177 Employer Verification Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
March 7, 2005 S AMDT 128 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 61)
Nay
March 7, 2005 S AMDT 44 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 49)
Yea
April 8, 2004 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(78 - 19)
Yea
March 6, 2001 S J Res 6 Ergonomics Regulations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(56 - 44)
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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