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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2365 Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2371 Medicare Prescription Drug Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 48)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2381 Prescription Drug Plan Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2400 Alaska Judicial Review of Oil Revenue Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2409 Targeted Case Management Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 1, 2005 S AMDT 2351 Pay As You Go Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 1, 2005 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 27, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2005 S AMDT 2259 AIDS Drug Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(46 - 50)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2005 S AMDT 2287 After School Funding Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(41 - 56)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(54 - 43)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 51)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
Oct. 25, 2005 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 25, 2005 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Oct. 20, 2005 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - Senate
(93 - 1)
Yea
Oct. 18, 2005 S AMDT 2062 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(92 - 6)
Yea
Oct. 7, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 0)
Yea
Oct. 5, 2005 S AMDT 1937 Health Care for Veterans Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Oct. 5, 2005 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 49)
Yea
Oct. 5, 2005 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 29, 2005 PN 801 Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Senate
(78 - 22)
Nay
Sept. 22, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2005 S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 52)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2005 S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2005 S Amdt 1670 Special Committee on Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
Sept. 13, 2005 S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule Bill Failed - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
Sept. 12, 2005 S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina Senate Co-sponsor
July 29, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(99 - 1)
Yea
July 29, 2005 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 4)
Yea
July 29, 2005 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 4)
Yea
July 29, 2005 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
July 29, 2005 S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Nay
July 28, 2005 HR 3045 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay
July 28, 2005 S AMDT 1626 Child Safety Lock Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(70 - 30)
Yea
July 26, 2005 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
July 26, 2005 S AMDT 1351 Corporate Financing of Terrorism Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
July 20, 2005 HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
July 19, 2005 S AMDT 1241 US Agency for International Development Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(59 - 40)
Nay
July 14, 2005 HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
July 14, 2005 S AMDT 1171 Detention Beds Increase Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 56)
Nay
July 14, 2005 S Amdt 1189 Air Cargo Security Programs Implementation Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(45 - 53)
Yea
July 14, 2005 S AMDT 1222 Disclosure of Classified Information Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
July 1, 2005 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
June 30, 2005 S 1307 CAFTA Implementation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(54 - 45)
Nay
June 29, 2005 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 0)
Yea
June 29, 2005 S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule Senate Co-sponsor
June 28, 2005 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 12)
Yea

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 7, 2014 HR 2642 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 17, 2014 HR 3547 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 26, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 16, 2013 HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 9, 2013 HR 1911 Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
March 26, 2013 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
March 7, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 4, 2013 HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 29, 2013 HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 2, 2013 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 2, 2013 HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 30, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
Sign
April 4, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 22, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 14, 2012 HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 31, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 23, 2011 HR 2055 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 18, 2011 HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 21, 2011 HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 21, 2011 HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 21, 2011 HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 5, 2011 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Signed - Executive
Sign
Sept. 30, 2011 HR 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Sept. 16, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 5, 2011 HR 2553 Airport and Airway Extension Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 2, 2011 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Signed - Executive
Sign
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Signed - Executive
Sign
April 15, 2011 HR 1473 2011 Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
April 14, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Signed - Executive
Sign
April 9, 2011 HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
March 18, 2011 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
March 2, 2011 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 25, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 2, 2011 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 22, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 22, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 17, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 8, 2010 HR 3808 Requiring Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
Sept. 30, 2010 HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Sept. 27, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 11, 2010 HR 4380 Temporary Tariff Suspensions and Reductions Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 10, 2010 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Signed - Executive
Sign
July 29, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
July 22, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Signed - Executive
Sign
July 21, 2010 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Signed - Executive
Sign
May 14, 2010 HR 5146 Prohibiting 2010- 2011 Congressional Cost-of-Living Pay Increase Signed - Executive
Sign
April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Signed - Executive
Sign
March 30, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Signed - Executive
Sign
March 23, 2010 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Signed - Executive
Sign
March 18, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 30, 2009 HJ Res 64 Continuing Appropriations Resolution Vetoed - Executive
Pocket Veto
Dec. 28, 2009 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Signed - Executive
Sign
Dec. 16, 2009 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Nov. 6, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 30, 2009 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 28, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 28, 2009 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 21, 2009 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Signed - Executive
Sign
Oct. 1, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
Aug. 7, 2009 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Signed - Executive
Sign
June 24, 2009 HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
June 23, 2009 HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products Signed - Executive
Sign
April 21, 2009 HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion Signed - Executive
Sign
March 30, 2009 HR 146 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Signed - Executive
Sign
March 11, 2009 HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 17, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 4, 2009 HR 2 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 29, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Signed - Executive
Sign

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:

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  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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