Key Votes

2007 National Key Votes

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12/19 NA HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (272 - 142) 12/19 NA HR 3996 Temporary Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (352 - 64) 12/18 NA S Amdt 3875 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (24 - 71) 12/18 NA HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (314 - 100) 12/18 NA HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (76 - 17) 12/18 NA HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (70 - 25) 12/17 NA HR 2764 Appropriations for Operations in Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Passed - House (206 - 201) 12/17 NA HR 2764 Appropriations for Operations in Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Passed - House (253 - 154) 12/14 NA HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 14) 12/13 NA S Amdt 3810 Income Limit for Subsidies to Farmers Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 47) 12/13 NA S Amdt 3695 Limit on Farm Subsidies Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 43) 12/13 NA HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House (222 - 199) 12/13 NA HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (86 - 8) 12/12 NA HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House (370 - 49) 12/12 NA HR 4299 Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension and Modification Bill Passed - House (303 - 116) 12/12 NA HR 4351 Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act Bill Passed - House (226 - 193) 12/11 NA S Amdt 3711 Government Sponsored Farm Insurance Policies Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 58) 12/11 NA H Res 847 Recognition of the Importance of Christmas and Christianity Resolution Passed - House (372 - 9) 12/06 NA HR 3996 Temporary Tax Adjustments Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (46 - 48) 12/06 NA HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (235 - 181) 12/06 NA HR 3996 Temporary Tax Adjustments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (88 - 5) 12/04 NA HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 18) 11/16 NA S 2340 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (45 - 53) 11/16 NA HR 4156 Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense and Timeline for Withdrawal from Iraq Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45) 11/15 NA HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Veto Override Failed - House (277 - 141) 11/15 NA HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act Bill Passed - House (227 - 189) 11/15 NA HR 3915 Mortgage Reform and Anti-Subprime Lending Act Bill Passed - House (291 - 127) 11/14 NA HR 1429 Head Start Act of 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House (381 - 36) 11/14 NA HR 3074 Appropriations for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 147) 11/14 NA HR 4156 Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense and Timeline for Withdrawal from Iraq Bill Passed - House (218 - 203) 11/09 NA HR 3996 Temporary Tax Adjustments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (216 - 193) 11/08 NA HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - Senate (79 - 14) 11/08 NA PN 958 Michael B. Mukasey, Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate (53 - 40) 11/08 NA HR 3222 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House (400 - 15) 11/08 NA HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Concurrence Vote Passed - House (274 - 141) 11/08 NA HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - House (285 - 132) 11/08 NA HR 3355 Homeowners' Catastrophic Insurance Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (258 - 155) 11/07 NA HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 37) 11/07 NA HR 3685 Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) Bill Passed - House (235 - 184) 11/06 NA HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - House (361 - 54) 11/01 NA HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 30) 11/01 NA HR 2262 Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act Bill Passed - House (244 - 166) 10/31 NA HR 3920 Trade and Globalization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (264 - 157) 10/30 NA S 294 Amtrak Reauthorization Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 22) 10/25 NA S Amdt 3453 Amtrak Federal Subsidy Limits Amendment Rejected - Senate (28 - 66) 10/25 NA HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Bill Passed - House (265 - 142) 10/24 NA S 2205 DREAM Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 44) 10/24 NA HR 505 Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (261 - 153) 10/23 NA HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - Senate (75 - 19) 10/18 NA HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Veto Override Failed - House (273 - 156) 10/18 NA S Amdt 3330 Grants to Organizations Which Perform Abortions Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 52) 10/16 NA HR 3093 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008 Bill Passed - Senate (75 - 19) 10/16 NA HR 2102 Reporter's Source Confidentiality Guidelines Bill Passed - House (398 - 21) 10/16 NA H Res 734 Sense of the House on Classification of Information on Corruption in Iraq Resolution Passed - House (395 - 21) 10/10 NA HR 2895 National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (264 - 148) 10/10 NA HR 3056 Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (232 - 173) 10/04 NA HR 3648 Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (386 - 27) 10/04 NA HR 2740 Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (389 - 30) 10/03 NA S Amdt 3117 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate (95 - 1) 10/02 NA HR 3087 Requiring Reports from the Defense Department to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq Bill Passed - House (377 - 46) 10/01 NA HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3) 9/27 NA HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (67 - 29) 9/26 NA S Amdt 2997 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Federalism in Iraq Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 23) 9/26 NA S Amdt 3017 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Amendment Adopted - Senate (76 - 22) 9/25 NA HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - House (265 - 159) 9/25 NA HR 1400 Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (397 - 16) 9/21 NA S Amdt 2898 Iraq Troop Reduction Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 47) 9/20 NA S Amdt 2947 Expressing Support for All Men and Women in the U.S. Armed Forces Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 47) 9/20 NA S Amdt 2934 Expressing Support for General Petraeus and All Members of the Armed Forces Amendment Adopted - Senate (72 - 25) 9/19 NA S Amdt 2022 Habeas Corpus for Detainees of the United States Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 43) 9/19 NA S Amdt 2909 Time Between Troop Deployments Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 44) 9/19 NA HR 2761 Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act (TRIA) Bill Passed - House (312 - 110) 9/18 NA S 1257 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 42) 9/18 NA HR 1852 Expanding American Homeownership Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (348 - 72) 9/11 NA S Amdt 2797 Limiting Mexican Trucks to Commercial Zones Near the Border Between the U.S. and Mexico Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 23) 9/10 NA S Amdt 2792 Bridge Repair Funding Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 33) 9/07 NA HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (79 - 12) 9/07 NA HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Conference Report Adopted - House (292 - 97) 9/07 NA HR 1908 Patent Reform Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (220 - 175) 9/06 NA S Amdt 2707 Prohibiting U.S. Assistance for Groups that Support Coercive Abortion Amendment Adopted - Senate (48 - 45) 8/05 NA HR 3222 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008 Bill Passed - House (395 - 13) 8/04 NA H Amdt 748 Renewable Energy Standards Amendment Adopted - House (220 - 190) 8/04 NA HR 3221 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (241 - 172) 8/04 NA HR 2776 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (221 - 189) 8/04 NA S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Bill Passed - House (227 - 183) 8/03 NA S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 28) 8/02 NA H Amdt 734 Prescription Drug Imports Amendment Rejected - House (146 - 283) 8/02 NA S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (83 - 14) 8/02 NA HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31) 8/02 NA HR 3159 Mandatory Troop Rest Periods Between Deployments to Iraq Bill Passed - House (229 - 194) 8/01 NA HR 3162 State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Bill Passed - House (225 - 204) 7/31 NA S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations Bill Passed - House (411 - 8) 7/31 NA HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill Bill Passed - House (225 - 199) 7/27 NA HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Conference Report Adopted - House (371 - 40) 7/27 NA HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - House (231 - 191) 7/26 NA S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 44) 7/26 NA S Amdt 2480 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate (89 - 1) 7/26 NA HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (85 - 8) 7/26 NA HR 2638 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 4) 7/26 NA HR 3093 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008 Bill Passed - House (281 - 142) 7/25 NA H Amdt 674 State and Federal Medical Marijuana Law Enforcement and Implementation Amendment Rejected - House (165 - 262) 7/25 NA HR 2929 Ban on Permanent Bases in Iraq Bill Passed - House (399 - 24) 7/24 NA H Amdt 600 Funding Reduction for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation Account, Amtrak and Other Services Amendment Rejected - House (94 - 328) 7/20 NA HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 18) 7/19 NA S Amdt 2351 Sense of the Senate on Guantanamo Bay Detainees Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 3) 7/19 NA HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House (276 - 140) 7/18 NA S Amdt 2087 Iraq Troop Reduction Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47) 7/17 NA HR 2641 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House (312 - 112) 7/17 NA HR 980 Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers Bill Passed - House (314 - 97) 7/12 NA HR 2956 Redeployment from Iraq Act Bill Passed - House (223 - 201) 7/12 NA HR 1851 Section 8 Voucher Adjustments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (333 - 83) 7/11 NA HR 556 Foreign Investment Oversight Concurrence Vote Passed - House (370 - 45) 7/11 NA HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Bill Passed - House (273 - 149) 7/11 NA S 1701 Extension of Funding for Transitional Medical Assistance and Abstinence Education Bill Passed - House (291 - 126) 6/28 NA S 1639 Second Immigration Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (46 - 53) 6/27 NA HR 1830 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Bill Passed - House (365 - 59) 6/26 NA HR 800 Union Organization Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 48) 6/21 NA S Amdt 1704 Alternative Energy Subsidies Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 36) 6/21 NA H Amdt 378 Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly School of the Americas) Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (203 - 214) 6/21 NA HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 27) 6/19 NA S Amdt 1519 Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007) Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 23) 6/15 NA HR 2638 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Passed - House (268 - 150) 6/14 NA S Amdt 1538 Clean Energy Achievement Criteria Amendment Tabled - Senate (56 - 39) 6/14 NA S Amdt 1566 Offshore Drilling in Virginia Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 44) 6/11 NA S J Res 14 Attorney General No Confidence Vote Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 38) 6/07 NA S 1348 Immigration Act of 2007 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (34 - 61) 6/07 NA S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (247 - 176) 6/06 NA S Amdt 1250 Law Enforcement Review of Z Visa Applications Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 39) 6/06 NA S Amdt 1184 Denying Legal Status for Immigrants Convicted of Certain Crimes Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 51) 6/06 NA S Amdt 1333 Barring Immigrants with Certain Criminal Histories Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 32) 6/06 NA S Amdt 1202 Point Based Immigration Expiration Date Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 55) 6/06 NA S Amdt 1151 Declaring English the National Language Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 33) 6/06 NA S Amdt 1316 Five Year Expiration for Guest Worker Program Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 48) 6/06 NA S Amdt 1384 English as the Common Language Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 39) 6/06 NA HR 2560 Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2007 Bill Failed - House (204 - 213) 5/24 NA H Amdt 2 Replacing Titles I and II of House Amdt 1 to HR 2206 Amendment Adopted - House (280 - 142) 5/24 NA H Amdt 1 Departmental Appropriations for Defense, Security, and Hurricane Recovery Amendment Adopted - House (348 - 73) 5/24 NA HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (80 - 14) 5/23 NA S Amdt 1169 Guest Worker Number Reduction Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (74 - 24) 5/22 NA HR 2264 Preventing the Organization of Petroleum Export Groups Bill Passed - House (345 - 72) 5/22 NA S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (306 - 114) 5/17 NA H Amdt 197 Guantanamo Transfer Plan Amendment Adopted - House (220 - 208) 5/17 NA S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (214 - 209) 5/17 NA S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 40) 5/10 NA HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Bill Passed - House (221 - 205) 5/08 NA S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Bill Passed - House (212 - 207) 5/07 NA S Amdt 1010 FDA Drug Import Certification Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 40) 5/03 NA HR 1592 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (237 - 180) 5/02 NA HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Veto Override Failed - House (222 - 203) 4/26 NA HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 46) 4/25 NA HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Conference Report Adopted - House (218 - 208) 4/19 NA HR 1905 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (241 - 177) 4/11 NA S 5 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 34) 4/11 NA S 30 Stem Cell Research Hope Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 28) 3/29 NA HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 47) 3/29 NA H Con Res 99 Congressional Budget for 2008 Joint Resolution Passed - House (216 - 210) 3/27 NA S Amdt 643 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 50) 3/23 NA HR 1591 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline Bill Passed - House (218 - 212) 3/23 NA S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 47) 3/20 NA S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 2) 3/15 NA S J Res 9 United States Policy in Iraq Resolution of 2007 Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (48 - 50) 3/14 NA HR 985 Whistleblower Protection Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (331 - 94) 3/13 NA S 4 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 38) 3/01 NA HR 800 Union Organization Bill Bill Passed - House (241 - 185) 2/16 NA H Con Res 63 Iraq War Policy Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House (246 - 182) 1/18 NA HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (264 - 163) 1/17 NA HR 5 College Student Relief Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (356 - 71) 1/12 NA HR 4 Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act Bill Passed - House (255 - 170) 1/11 NA HR 3 Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House (253 - 174) 1/10 NA HR 2 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (315 - 116) 1/09 NA HR 1 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Bill Passed - House (299 - 128) 1/05 NA H Res 6 Pay-As-You-Go Rule Resolution Passed - House (280 - 152)

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