Key Votes

2013 All Executive Branch Key Votes

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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) 8/02 NA H Amdt 448 Requires Congressional Approval Prior to Establishing a Tax on Carbon Emissions Amendment Adopted - House (237 - 176) 8/02 NA H Amdt 450 Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Amendment Adopted - House (227 - 185) 8/02 NA HR 2009 Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (232 - 185) 8/02 NA HR 367 Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (232 - 183) 6/13 AZ HB 2608 Amends Retirement Plans for Elected Officials Concurrence Vote Passed - House (35 - 24) 6/06 NA H Amdt 136 Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order Amendment Adopted - House (224 - 201) 5/22 NA H Amdt 67 Requires a Finding be Added Concerning Oil Sand Crudes Amendment Rejected - House (146 - 269) 5/19 MN HF 1823 Establishes Council to Review Legislative Pay Changes Amendment Adopted - Senate (43 - 23) 5/17 MN HF 1823 Establishes Council to Review Legislative Pay Changes Amendment Adopted - House (69 - 62) 5/15 TX SJR 13 Establishes Term Limits For Certain Elected Officials Joint Resolution Failed - House (61 - 80) 5/08 AZ HB 2608 Amends Retirement Plans for Elected Officials Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13) 4/23 ND HCR 3047 Establishes a Commission of Higher Education Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 34) 4/22 ND HCR 3047 Establishes a Commission of Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 21) 4/20 MT HB 13 Appropriates Funds for State Employee Pay Raises Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 33) 4/18 CT HB 6648 Authorizes University Board of Regents to Appoint President of the Board Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8) 4/16 MT HB 13 Appropriates Funds for State Employee Pay Raises Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13) 4/16 MN SF 1589 State Government Appropriations and Increase in Governor and Legislators Pay Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 32) 4/11 IL HJRCA 18 Repeals the Position of Lieutenant Governor Joint Resolution Passed - House (83 - 28) 4/05 KS HB 2234 Requires the Secretary of Transportation to Direct the Kansas Turnpike Authority Conference Report Adopted - House (76 - 44) 4/05 KS HB 2234 Requires the Secretary of Transportation to Direct the Kansas Turnpike Authority Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 13) 3/27 KS HB 2234 Requires the Secretary of Transportation to Direct the Kansas Turnpike Authority Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14) 3/19 TX SJR 13 Establishes Term Limits For Certain Elected Officials Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (27 - 4) 3/19 AR HB 1819 Prohibits Governor from Regulating Firearms in an Emergency Bill Passed - House (78 - 9) 3/13 KS HB 2019 Authorizes Governor to Appoint Judges to Kansas Court of Appeals Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12) 3/11 KS HB 2234 Specifies Contract Powers of the Kansas Secretary of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority Bill Passed - House (81 - 41) 3/06 WI SB 2 Limits the Secretary of State's Role in Legislation Bill Passed - House (59 - 37) 3/01 KS HB 2019 Authorizes Governor to Appoint Judges to Kansas Court of Appeals Bill Passed - House (73 - 50) 2/26 NA PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate (58 - 41) 2/26 NA PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Invoked - Senate (71 - 27) 2/22 KY SB 40 Requires Health Care Exchanges to Be Approved by The Legislature Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12) 2/22 KY SB 39 Requires Medicaid Expansion to be Approved by the Legislature Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13) 2/15 NA HR 273 Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees Bill Passed - House (261 - 154) 2/14 NA PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 40) 1/30 KS SCR 1601 Authorizes the Governor to Nominate Judges Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12) 1/29 WI SB 2 Limits the Secretary of State's Role in Legislation Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 14) 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) 1/01 NA HR 6726 Congressional Pay Freeze and Fiscal Responsibility Act Bill Passed - House (287 - 129)

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

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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.