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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 9, 2005 H J Res 27 Withdrawing Approval from the WTO Agreement Joint Resolution Failed - House
(86 - 338)
Nay
June 8, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(408 - 18)
Yea
May 25, 2005 H Amdt 209 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 233)
Nay
May 25, 2005 HR 1815 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(390 - 39)
Yea
May 24, 2005 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - House
(416 - 13)
Yea
May 24, 2005 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(238 - 194)
Nay
May 19, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(329 - 89)
Yea
May 18, 2005 HR 1817 Homeland Security Department Authorization Act FY06 Bill Passed - House
(424 - 4)
Yea
May 17, 2005 HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(424 - 1)
Yea
May 5, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Conference Report Adopted - House
(368 - 58)
Yea
April 28, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(214 - 211)
Nay
April 27, 2005 HR 748 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - House
(270 - 157)
Yea
April 21, 2005 H Amdt 370 Liability Shield Language Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(213 - 219)
Yea
April 21, 2005 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(249 - 183)
Yea
April 20, 2005 H Amdt 72 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(200 - 231)
Yea
April 14, 2005 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(302 - 126)
Yea
April 13, 2005 HR 8 Death/Estate Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(272 - 162)
Yea
March 21, 2005 S 686 Terri Schiavo Incapacitated Persons Protection Bill Bill Passed - House
(203 - 58)
Yea
March 17, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House
(218 - 214)
Nay
March 16, 2005 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005 Bill Passed - House
(388 - 43)
Yea
March 10, 2005 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(417 - 9)
Yea
Feb. 17, 2005 HR 8 Death/Estate Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005 House Co-sponsor
Feb. 17, 2005 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(279 - 149)
Yea
Feb. 10, 2005 HR 418 Real ID Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(261 - 161)
Yea
Feb. 9, 2005 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill House Co-sponsor
Oct. 8, 2004 HR 10 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act Bill Passed - House
(282 - 134)
Yea
Oct. 7, 2004 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength) Conference Report Adopted - House
(280 - 141)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2004 HR 1308 Child Tax Credit Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(339 - 65)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2004 HR 2028 Pledge of Allegiance Protection Bill Bill Passed - House
(247 - 173)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2004 HR 5025 Transportation Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(397 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2004 HR 4571 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(229 - 174)
Yea
Sept. 9, 2004 HR 5006 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill- FY 2005 Bill Passed - House
(388 - 13)
Yea
July 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(410 - 12)
Yea
July 15, 2004 HR 4818 Omnibus FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(365 - 41)
Yea
July 13, 2004 HR 4766 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(389 - 31)
Yea
July 12, 2004 HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(327 - 43)
Yea
July 8, 2004 HR 4754 Commerce Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(397 - 18)
Yea
June 25, 2004 HR 4614 Appropriations Bill FY 2005, Energy and Water Development Bill Passed - House
(370 - 16)
Yea
June 23, 2004 HR 4548 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 Bill Passed - House
(360 - 61)
Yea
June 22, 2004 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(403 - 17)
Yea
June 18, 2004 HR 4567 Homeland Security Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(400 - 5)
Yea
June 17, 2004 HR 4568 Interior Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(334 - 86)
Yea
June 15, 2004 HR 4503 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - House
(244 - 178)
Yea
June 2, 2004 H J Res 83 Special Elections/Appointments Provisions Bill Joint Resolution Failed - House
(63 - 353)
Nay
May 20, 2004 HR 4200 Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(391 - 34)
Yea
May 20, 2004 HR 4359 Child Credit Preservation and Expansion Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(271 - 139)
Yea
May 18, 2004 HR 3722 Undocumented Immigrant Emergency Medical Assistance Bill Failed - House
(88 - 331)
Nay
May 13, 2004 HR 4359 Child Credit Preservation and Expansion Act of 2004 House Co-sponsor
May 12, 2004 HR 4279 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(273 - 152)
Yea
May 12, 2004 HR 4280 Medical Malpractice Liability Limitation Bill Bill Passed - House
(229 - 197)
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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