Key Votes

2008 National Oil and Gas Key Votes

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9/27 NA HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (78 - 12) 9/26 NA HR 7060 Renewable Energy Credits and Other Business and Individual Credits Bill Passed - House (257 - 166) 9/24 NA HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (370 - 58) 9/18 NA HR 6604 Commodity Markets Speculation Bill Bill Passed - House (283 - 133) 9/16 NA HR 6899 Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits Bill Passed - House (236 - 189) 7/17 NA HR 6515 Oil Exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska Bill Failed - House (244 - 173) 6/26 NA HR 6251 Oil Production Leases Bill Failed - House (223 - 195) 6/24 NA HR 6346 Price Gouging Prevention Act Bill Failed - House (276 - 146) 6/10 NA S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 43) 5/20 NA HR 6074 Prohibiting Foreign States or Associations from Forming a Group to Control Oil Bill Passed - House (324 - 84) 5/13 NA HR 6022 Suspending Acquisition of Petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Bill Passed - House (385 - 25) 3/13 NA S Amdt 4329 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil and Natural Gas in Coastal Areas Not Covered by a Moratorium Amendment Adopted - Senate (56 - 43) 3/13 NA S Amdt 4207 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil Shale and Offshore Natural Gas Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51) 2/27 NA HR 5351 Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (236 - 182)

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

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

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.