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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 21, 2013 S 1197 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 44)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2013 S Amdt 2175 Authorizes the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to the United States Amendment Rejected - Senate
(52 - 46)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2013 S Amdt 2255 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
June 18, 2013 S Amdt 1197 Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border Amendment Rejected - Senate
(39 - 54)
Nay
March 7, 2013 PN 48 Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 34)
Yea
Dec. 28, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 23)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 29)
Yea
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3245 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 41)
Nay
Nov. 14, 2012 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 47)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2012 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 46)
Yea
Oct. 21, 2011 S Amdt 753 Prohibits the Use of Funds for Prosecution of Enemy Combatants in Civilian Courts Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Nay
Sept. 26, 2011 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(79 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2011 S Amdt 655 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Amendment Tabled - Senate
(59 - 36)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2011 S Amdt 602 Emergency Disaster Relief Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 37)
Yea
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 23)
Yea
May 23, 2011 S 1038 PATRIOT Act Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(74 - 8)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 12)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
May 27, 2010 S Amdt 4214 National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 46)
Nay
Oct. 20, 2009 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Yea
July 8, 2009 S Amdt 1399 Requiring Completion of Reinforced Border Fencing Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Nay
Sept. 24, 2008 HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(370 - 58)
Yea
July 16, 2008 H Amdt 1114 Allowing the Use of Certain Terms in Within the Intelligence Community Amendment Adopted - House
(249 - 180)
Yea
June 20, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - House
(293 - 129)
Yea
March 14, 2008 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(213 - 197)
Yea
March 11, 2008 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Veto Override Failed - House
(225 - 188)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(253 - 154)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(206 - 201)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2007 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(222 - 199)
Yea
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 4299 Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension and Modification Bill Passed - House
(303 - 116)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2007 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act Bill Passed - House
(227 - 189)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2007 HR 2102 Reporter's Source Confidentiality Guidelines Bill Passed - House
(398 - 21)
Yea
Sept. 19, 2007 HR 2761 Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act (TRIA) Bill Passed - House
(312 - 110)
Yea
Aug. 4, 2007 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Bill Passed - House
(227 - 183)
Nay
July 27, 2007 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(371 - 40)
Yea
July 11, 2007 HR 556 Foreign Investment Oversight Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(370 - 45)
Yea
June 21, 2007 H Amdt 378 Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly School of the Americas) Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(203 - 214)
Yea
June 15, 2007 HR 2638 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Passed - House
(268 - 150)
Yea
May 17, 2007 H Amdt 197 Guantanamo Transfer Plan Amendment Adopted - House
(220 - 208)
Yea
Jan. 9, 2007 HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Bill Passed - House
(299 - 128)
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.

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