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Key Votes In The 108th Congress
The Key Votes section attempts to illustrate a legislator's stance on important votes where he or she must vote for or against a national issue. The process grossly oversimplifies the legislative system where months of debate, amendment, pressure, persuasion, and compromise go into a final floor vote. However, the voting record remains the best indication of a member's general ideologies and position on specific issues. Following is a list of key votes used. A member who was absent, voted present, or who was not in office at the time of a particular vote receives an "*". Roll-call data were drawn from Congressional Observer Publications at www.proaxis.com/cop, a private legislative tracking company.
House Votes, 108th Congress:
Senate Votes, 108th Congress:
- Drilling in ANWR (HR 6) Permit oil drilling in 2,000 acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. April 10, 2003. (226-202) (D: 30-171; R: 196-30; I: 0-1)
- Approve Bush Tax Cuts (HR 2) Approve the conference report on the tax-cut package that would reduce taxes by $350 billion through 2013. May 23, 2003. (231-200) (D: 7-198; R: 224-1; I: 0-1)
- Medicare/Rx Bill (HR 1) Approve the conference report on Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation. November 22, 2003. (220-215) (D: 16-189; R: 204-25; I: 0-1)
- Bar Overtime Pay Regs. (HR 5006) Bar funds to implement new federal regulations for overtime pay. September 9, 2004. (223-193) (D: 200-0; R: 22-193; I: 1-0)
- D.C. School Vouchers (HR 2765) Provide funds for private school vouchers in the District of Columbia. September 9, 2003. (209-208) (D: 3-192; R: 206-15; I: 0-1)
- Ban Human Cloning (HR 534) Prohibit human cloning and impose criminal sanctions. February 27, 2003. (241-155) (D: 42-139; R: 198-16; I: 1-0)
- Restrict Gun Liability (HR 1036) Restrict liability lawsuits against manufacturers and sellers of firearms and ammunition. April 9, 2003. (285-140) (D: 63-137; R: 221-3; I: 1-0)
- Partial-Birth Abortion (HR 760) Ban the procedure that opponents describe as "partial-birth" abortion and impose criminal sanctions for those who perform the procedure. June 4, 2003. (282-139) (D: 62-133; R: 220-5; I: 0-1)
- Ban Same-Sex Marriage (HJRes 106) Amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. September 30, 2004. (227-186; failed to receive two-thirds approval required for ratification) (D: 36-158; R: 191-27; I: 0-1)
- Fund Iraq War (HR 3289) Approve the fiscal 2004 supplemental appropriations bill providing $87 billion for U.S. military operations and reconstruction aid to Iraq and Afghanistan. October 17, 2003. (303-125) (D: 83-118; R: 220-6; I: 0-1)
- Bar Cuba Embargo Funds (HR 5025) Prohibit funds to enforce the economic embargo of Cuba. September 22, 2004. (188-225) (D: 162-37; R: 25-188; I: 1-0)
- Intelligence Reorg. (HR 10) Reorganize U.S. intelligence agencies and create a national intelligence director. October 8, 2004. (282-134) (D: 69-125; R: 213-8; I: 0-1)
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- Ban Drilling in ANWR (SConRes 23) Strike a provision in the fiscal 2004 budget resolution that would provide procedural protection for legislation authorizing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. March 19, 2003. (52-48) (D: 43-5; R: 8-43; I: 0-1)
- Approve Bush Tax Cuts (HR 2) Approve the conference report on the tax-cut package that would reduce taxes by $350 billion through 2013. May 23, 2003. (50-50; Vice President Dick Cheney broke the tie) (D: 2-46; R: 48-3; I: 0-1)
- Medicare/Rx Bill (HR 1) Approve the conference report on Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation. November 25, 2003. (54-44) (D: 11-35; R: 42-9; I: 1-0)
- Bar Overtime Regs (S 1637) Bar funds to implement new federal regulations for overtime pay. May 24, 2004. (52-47) (D: 46-1; R: 5-46; I: 1-0)
- Energy Bill (HR 6) Cloture motion to end debate on the conference report on the comprehensive energy bill. November 21, 2003. (58-39; after the motion failed to receive the required 60 votes, Majority Leader Bill Frist switched his vote in favor so that he might move to reconsider the vote later) (D: 13-32; R: 44-7; I: 0-1)
- Support Roe v. Wade (S 3) Express the sense of the Senate in support of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. March 12, 2003. (52-46) (D: 42-5; R: 9-41; I: 1-0)
- Ban Partial-Birth Abortions (S 3) Ban the procedure that opponents describe as "partial-birth" abortion and impose criminal sanctions for those who perform the procedure. March 13, 2003. (64-33) (D: 16-29; R: 48-3; I: 0-1)
- Assault Weapons Ban (S 1805) Extend for 10 years the ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons. March 2, 2004. (52-47) (D: 41-6; R: 10-41; I: 1-0)
- Ban Same-Sex Marriage (SJRes 40) Cloture motion to end debate on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. July 14, 2004. (48-50; failed to receive required 60 votes) (D: 3-43; R: 45-6; I: 0-1)
- Ban Bunker-Buster Bomb (S 2400) Prohibit use of $37 million for the Energy Department's nuclear penetrator "bunker-buster" program. June 15, 2004. (42-55) (D: 41-5; R: 1-50; I: 0-1)
- Fund Iraq War (S 1689) Approve the fiscal 2004 supplemental appropriations bill providing $87 billion for U.S. military operations and reconstruction aid to Iraq and Afghanistan. October 17, 2003. (87-12) (D: 37-11; R: 50-0; I: 0-1)
- Restrict Missile Defense (S 2400) Restrict deployment of a national missile defense system..June 17, 2004. (42-57) (D: 40-7; R: 1-50; I: 1-0)
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