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Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. 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

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.


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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
July 13, 2004 National HR 4766 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (389 - 31)
June 25, 2004 National HR 4614 Appropriations Bill FY 2005, Energy and Water Development Bill Passed - House (370 - 16)
June 25, 2004 National HR 4614 Appropriations Bill FY 2005, Energy and Water Development Bill Passed - House (370 - 16)
June 17, 2004 National HR 4568 Interior Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (334 - 86)
June 17, 2004 National HR 4568 Interior Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (334 - 86)
June 15, 2004 National HR 4503 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - House (244 - 178)
Jan. 28, 2004 National S 1920 Farmer Bankruptcy Bill Bill Passed - House (265 - 99)
Jan. 22, 2004 National HR 2673 Consolidated Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 28)
Jan. 22, 2004 National HR 2673 Consolidated Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 28)
Date No. Title Outcome
7/13 HR 4766 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (389 - 31)
6/25 HR 4614 Appropriations Bill FY 2005, Energy and Water Development Bill Passed - House (370 - 16)
6/25 HR 4614 Appropriations Bill FY 2005, Energy and Water Development Bill Passed - House (370 - 16)
6/17 HR 4568 Interior Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (334 - 86)
6/17 HR 4568 Interior Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (334 - 86)
6/15 HR 4503 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - House (244 - 178)
1/28 S 1920 Farmer Bankruptcy Bill Bill Passed - House (265 - 99)
1/22 HR 2673 Consolidated Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 28)
1/22 HR 2673 Consolidated Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 28)

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