Key Votes

2013 All Government Operations Key Votes

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12/18 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (64 - 36) 12/12 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (332 - 94) 12/05 NA H Amdt 524 Limits Covered Customers to Businesses With Less Than $25 Million in Revenue Amendment Rejected - House (144 - 266) 12/05 NA H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 213) 12/05 NA HR 3309 Innovation Act Bill Passed - House (325 - 91) 12/03 IL SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 53) 12/03 IL SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 24) 11/21 NA H Amdt 512 Requires Natural Gas Pipeline Applications to Include Certain Information Amendment Rejected - House (183 - 233) 11/21 NA H Amdt 513 Removes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Permit Issuance Requirement Amendment Rejected - House (184 - 233) 11/21 NA H Amdt 515 Prohibits the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act from Taking Effect During the Sequester Amendment Rejected - House (175 - 243) 11/21 NA HR 1900 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Bill Passed - House (252 - 165) 11/20 NA H Amdt 503 Requires a Report on the Effect of Flooding on Oil and Gas Facilities Amendment Rejected - House (202 - 221) 11/20 NA H Amdt 498 Specifies That Certain Fees Do Not Limit the Right to Petition Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 222) 11/06 IL SB 1523 Amends Pension Code Bill Passed - House (87 - 26) 10/30 NA HR 992 Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act Bill Passed - House (292 - 122) 10/30 NA H J Res 99 Disapproval of the President's Exercise of Authority to Suspend the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House (222 - 191) 10/29 NA S J Res 26 A Joint Resolution Relating to the Disapproval of the President's Exercise of Authority to Suspend the Debt Limit, as Submitted Under Section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 on October 17, 2013 Motion Rejected - Senate (45 - 54) 10/29 NA HR 2374 Retail Investor Protection Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 166) 10/16 NA HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (285 - 144) 10/16 NA HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 18) 10/12 NA S 1569 Default Prevention Act of 2013 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45) 10/11 NA H J Res 76 National Nuclear Security Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - House (248 - 176) 10/10 NA H J Res 79 Border Security and Enforcement Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (249 - 175) 10/09 NA H J Res 90 Federal Aviation Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (252 - 172) 10/08 NA H J Res 84 Head Start Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (248 - 168) 10/07 NA H J Res 77 Food and Drug Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (235 - 162) 10/04 NA H J Res 75 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (244 - 164) 10/04 NA H J Res 85 Federal Emergency Management Agency Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (247 - 164) 10/03 NA HR 3230 Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act Bill Passed - House (265 - 160) 10/01 NA H J Res 70 National Park Service Operations, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House (252 - 176) 10/01 NA H J Res 71 District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House (265 - 163) 10/01 NA H J Res 72 Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House (264 - 164) 9/30 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Motion Agreed - Senate (54 - 46) 9/30 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (228 - 201) 9/30 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Motion Agreed - Senate (54 - 46) 9/29 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (248 - 174) 9/27 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44) 9/20 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (230 - 189) 9/18 NA H Amdt 463 Amends the Definition of "Strategic and Critical Minerals" Amendment Rejected - House (187 - 241) 9/18 NA H Amdt 466 Requires Mine Operators to Include the Cost of Cleanup in Financial Insurance Amendment Rejected - House (191 - 235) 9/18 NA HR 761 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (246 - 178) 9/12 NA HR 2775 No Subsidies Without Verification Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 191) 9/11 MO HB 278 Prohibits a Public Entity from Limiting the Practice or Celebration of Any Federal Holiday Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 9) 9/11 MO HB 278 Prohibits a Public Entity from Limiting the Practice or Celebration of Any Federal Holiday Veto Override Passed - House (114 - 45) 8/01 NA HR 2879 Stop Government Abuse Act Bill Passed - House (239 - 176) 6/03 LA SB 153 Requires Equal Pay for Women Employed by the State Bill Passed - House (86 - 12) 5/30 OH SB 67 Prohibits JobsOhio Liquor Leases from Being Publicly Audited Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 10) 5/29 OH SB 67 Prohibits JobsOhio Liquor Leases from Being Publicly Audited Bill Passed - House (62 - 35) 5/23 IL HB 3227 Establishes a Governing Board for the State Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 19) 5/22 LA SB 153 Requires Equal Pay for Women Employed by the State Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13) 5/20 NJ S 968 Establishes Procedures for Privatization Contracts Bill Passed - House (48 - 29) 5/14 WI AB 85 Amends Milwaukee County Board Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14) 5/13 NJ S 968 Establishes Procedures for Privatization Contracts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12) 5/08 WI AB 85 Amends Milwaukee County Board Regulations Bill Passed - House (60 - 38) 5/01 OK HB 1910 Amends State Property Sale Procedures Concurrence Vote Passed - House (74 - 23) 4/30 AZ SB 1439 Authorizes the Use of Gold and Silver as Legal Tender Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 10) 4/30 DE SB 21 Requires the Governor to Appoint Labor Union Representatives to a State Benefits Committee Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 8) 4/25 MI SB 288 Authorizes the Natural Resources Commission to Designate Huntable Game Species Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11) 4/15 WA SB 5329 Requires Superintendent to Take Action in Certain Schools Bill Passed - House (68 - 29) 4/08 AZ SB 1439 Authorizes the Use of Gold and Silver as Legal Tender Bill Passed - House (36 - 22) 4/02 MS HB 1009 Authorizes Department of Human Services to Hire Private Contractors Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 56) 3/21 IL HB 1165 Establishes Cost of Living Adjustments in Pensions Bill Passed - House (66 - 50) 3/20 OH SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 10) 3/20 OH SB 47 Prohibits Collection of Petition Signatures after Filing Bill Passed - House (57 - 38) 3/14 NA S Amdt 66 Temporarily Prohibits the Hiring of Nonessential Federal Employees Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 54) 3/13 OK HB 2201 Requires Private Ownership of the State Workers' Compensation Insurer Bill Passed - House (68 - 27) 2/25 TN HB 553 Prohibits War Monuments from Being Renamed Bill Passed - House (69 - 22) 1/31 KS HB 2023 Prohibits Manditory Labor Organizational Fees for Political Purposes Bill Passed - House (68 - 56) 1/30 SD HB 1113 Requires Certain State Electronic Exchanges to Be Made Public Bill Failed - House (34 - 35) 1/25 WY SF 104 Establishes the Director Position in the Department of Education Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 9) 1/25 WY SF 104 Establishes the Director Position in the Department of Education Bill Passed - House (39 - 20)

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