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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4072 "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 52)
Nay
May 18, 2006 S AMDT 4073 English as Unifying Language Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 39)
Nay
May 17, 2006 S AMDT 3965 Employment-based Immigrant Visa Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
May 11, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Yea
May 4, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 21)
Nay
May 3, 2006 S AMDT 3688 Influenza Vaccine Injury Compensation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 46)
Nay
May 2, 2006 S AMDT 3617 Sugarcane Growers Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Yea
March 16, 2006 H J Res 47 Debt Limit Increase Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(52 - 48)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 51)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3103 Natural Resources and Environment Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 49)
Did Not Vote
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3128 ANWR Revenues Amendment Bill Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
March 14, 2006 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
March 2, 2006 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 10)
Yea
Feb. 10, 2006 S 2271 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Bill Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 2, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 31)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2730 Medicare Part D Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(52 - 45)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2735 Tax Rate Extension Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2006 S AMDT 2737 Military Funding and Tax Cuts Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
Jan. 31, 2006 PN 1059 Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 42)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 0)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 44)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(51 - 50)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2005 S Con Res 74 Removal of ANWR Provision from HR 2863 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(48 - 45)
Nay
Dec. 16, 2005 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Nov. 18, 2005 S 2020 Tax Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 33)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2601 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2602 Hurricane Victims Tax Benefit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 55)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2610 Tax Rate Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2612 Price-Gouging During Emergencies Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(57 - 42)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2616 Earned Income Tax Credit Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(55 - 43)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2626 Temporary Tax on Crude Oil Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2634 Additional Funding For Veterans Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 S AMDT 2650 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
Nov. 16, 2005 HR 2862 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(94 - 5)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2518 Iraq Progress Reports Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2519 Reporting Matters in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 58)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2523 Judicial Review of Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2005 S AMDT 2524 Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2005 S AMDT 2476 Investigating Contracts in Iraq Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Nay
Nov. 10, 2005 S Amdt 2516 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(49 - 42)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2005 S AMDT 2430 National Commission on Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2348 Medicaid Generic Drug Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(49 - 50)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 S AMDT 2351 Pay As You Go Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(50 - 49)
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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