Key Votes

2008 National Taxes Key Votes

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9/26 NA HR 7060 Renewable Energy Credits and Other Business and Individual Credits Bill Passed - House (257 - 166) 9/16 NA HR 6899 Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits Bill Passed - House (236 - 189) 6/25 NA S Amdt 4983 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 16) 6/25 NA HR 6275 Alternative Minimum Tax Bill Bill Passed - House (233 - 189) 6/17 NA HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 44) 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) 5/22 NA HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate (82 - 13) 5/21 NA HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - House (316 - 108) 5/21 NA HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives Bill Passed - House (263 - 160) 5/15 NA HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 15) 5/14 NA HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 106) 5/08 NA HR 3221 Housing-Related Tax Provision Amendments Amendment Adopted - House (266 - 154) 4/15 NA HR 5719 Amending Tax Code Provisions and IRS Practices Bill Passed - House (238 - 179) 4/10 NA S Amdt 4419 to S Amdt 4387 to HR 3221 Energy Tax Credits Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (88 - 8) 4/10 NA HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 12) 2/27 NA HR 5351 Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (236 - 182) 2/07 NA HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - House (380 - 34) 2/07 NA HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 16) 1/29 NA HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - House (385 - 35)

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.