Key Votes

2008 National Key Votes

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12/10 NA HR 7321 Automotive Industry Financing Bill Passed - House (237 - 170) 10/03 NA HR 6867 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House (368 - 28) 10/03 NA HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (263 - 171) 10/01 NA HR 2095 Amtrak Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (74 - 24) 10/01 NA HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 25) 10/01 NA HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement Bill Passed - Senate (86 - 13) 9/29 NA HR 3997 Financial Asset Purchase Authority Concurrence Vote Failed - House (205 - 228) 9/27 NA HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (78 - 12) 9/27 NA HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement Bill Passed - House (298 - 117) 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) 9/24 NA S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - House (392 - 39) 9/23 NA HR 5244 Credit Card Regulations Bill Passed - House (312 - 112) 9/18 NA HR 6604 Commodity Markets Speculation Bill Bill Passed - House (283 - 133) 9/17 NA HR 6842 Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban Bill Passed - House (266 - 152) 9/17 NA S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - Senate (88 - 8) 9/16 NA HR 6899 Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits Bill Passed - House (236 - 189) 7/31 NA HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Conference Report Adopted - House (380 - 49) 7/31 NA HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Conference Report Adopted - Senate (83 - 8) 7/31 NA HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 3) 7/31 NA HR 1338 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (247 - 178) 7/30 NA HR 1108 FDA Regulation of Tobacco Bill Passed - House (326 - 102) 7/26 NA S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 35) 7/26 NA HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (72 - 13) 7/24 NA HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Concurrence Vote Passed - House (303 - 115) 7/24 NA HR 3999 National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act Bill Passed - House (367 - 55) 7/23 NA HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (272 - 152) 7/23 NA HR 6532 Restoring the Highway Trust Fund Balance Bill Passed - House (387 - 37) 7/17 NA HR 6515 Oil Exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska Bill Failed - House (244 - 173) 7/16 NA S Amdt 5077 Funding Amendment to AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate (31 - 64) 7/16 NA H Amdt 1114 Allowing the Use of Certain Terms in Within the Intelligence Community Amendment Adopted - House (249 - 180) 7/16 NA HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Bill Passed - Senate (80 - 16) 7/16 NA HR 415 Adding Parts of the Taunton River to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Bill Passed - House (242 - 175) 7/15 NA HR 6331 Medicare Bill Veto Override Passed - House (383 - 41) 7/15 NA HR 6331 Medicare Bill Veto Override Passed - Senate (70 - 26) 7/15 NA S Amdt 5078 Limiting Countries for HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate (70 - 24) 7/15 NA HR 5803 Backup Paper Ballots Bill Failed - House (248 - 170) 7/10 NA PN 1641 Nomination of General Petraeus as Military Leader of the Middle East Nomination Confirmed - Senate (95 - 2) 7/09 NA HR 6331 Medicare Bill Cloture Invoked - Senate (69 - 30) 7/09 NA S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 66) 7/09 NA HR 5811 Electronic Communications Preservation Act Bill Passed - House (286 - 137) 7/09 NA HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 28) 6/26 NA HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (92 - 6) 6/26 NA HR 6052 Public Transportation and Alternative Fuel Grants Bill Passed - House (322 - 98) 6/26 NA HR 6377 Energy Futures Trading Bill Passed - House (402 - 19) 6/26 NA HR 6251 Oil Production Leases Bill Failed - House (223 - 195) 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) 6/25 NA HR 2176 Bay Mills Indian Community Land Claim Bill Bill Failed - House (121 - 298) 6/24 NA HR 6346 Price Gouging Prevention Act Bill Failed - House (276 - 146) 6/24 NA HR 6331 Medicare Bill Bill Passed - House (355 - 59) 6/20 NA HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - House (293 - 129) 6/19 NA HR 2642 GI Bill, Funding for Midwest Flood Cleanup, Extension of Unemployment Benefits, and Other Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (268 - 155) 6/19 NA HR 2642 GI Bill, Funding for Midwest Flood Cleanup, Extension of Unemployment Benefits, and Other Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (416 - 12) 6/18 NA HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate (80 - 14) 6/18 NA HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - House (317 - 109) 6/17 NA HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 44) 6/12 NA HR 5749 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 Bill Passed - House (274 - 137) 6/11 NA HR 6003 Amtrak Reauthorization Bill Passed - House (311 - 104) 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) 6/10 NA HR 6028 Assistance for Mexico and Central America for Anti-Drug Programs (Merida Program) Bill Passed - House (311 - 106) 6/06 NA S Amdt 4825 Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (48 - 36) 5/22 NA HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate (82 - 13) 5/22 NA S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 22) 5/22 NA S Amdt 4818 Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 26) 5/22 NA S Amdt 4817 Iraq Provisions Including a Troop Withdrawal Amendment Rejected - Senate (34 - 63) 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) 5/20 NA HR 6074 Prohibiting Foreign States or Associations from Forming a Group to Control Oil Bill Passed - House (324 - 84) 5/15 NA HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 15) 5/15 NA HR 2642 Iraq Related Provisions such as a Troop Withdrawal, a Permanent Base Ban, and Limiting Interrogation Techniques Concurrence Vote Failed - House (141 - 149) 5/15 NA HR 2642 Iraq Related Provisions such as a Troop Withdrawal, a Permanent Base Ban, and Limiting Interrogation Techniques Concurrence Vote Passed - House (256 - 166) 5/15 NA HR 2642 Iraq Related Provisions such as a Troop Withdrawal, a Permanent Base Ban, and Limiting Interrogation Techniques Concurrence Vote Passed - House (227 - 196) 5/14 NA HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 106) 5/13 NA HR 6022 Suspending Acquisition of Petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Bill Passed - House (385 - 25) 5/08 NA HR 3221 Housing-Related Tax Provision Amendments Amendment Adopted - House (322 - 94) 5/08 NA H Amdt 1045 Undocumented Immigrants' Ineligibility for Certain Financial Assistance Amendment Adopted - House (391 - 33) 5/08 NA HR 3221 Housing-Related Tax Provision Amendments Amendment Adopted - House (266 - 154) 5/08 NA HR 5818 Assistance to States for Purchasing Foreclosed Homes Bill Passed - House (239 - 188) 5/07 NA S Amdt 4719 Optional Wind Damage Insurance Amendment Rejected - Senate (19 - 74) 5/01 NA HR 5715 Student Loan Provision Changes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (388 - 21) 4/30 NA HR 5522 Requiring OSHA to Establish Combustible Dust Safety Standards Bill Passed - House (247 - 165) 4/29 NA S 2739 Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 Bill Passed - House (291 - 117) 4/23 NA HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42) 4/23 NA HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes Bill Passed - House (349 - 62) 4/17 NA HR 5715 Student Loan Provision Changes Bill Passed - House (383 - 27) 4/16 NA HR 2634 Expanding the List of Countries Eligible for Debt Forgiveness Bill Passed - House (285 - 132) 4/15 NA HR 5036 Federal Funding for Voting System Changes Bill Failed - House (239 - 178) 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) 4/10 NA H Res 1092 Postponing the Consideration of the Trade Agreement with Colombia Resolution Passed - House (224 - 195) 4/02 NA HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Bill Passed - House (308 - 116) 3/14 NA S Amdt 4299 Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the Legalization of Importing Certain Prescription Drugs Amendment Adopted - Senate (73 - 23) 3/14 NA S Amdt 4233 Codifying the Definition of a Child Eligible for SCHIP Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52) 3/14 NA HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (213 - 197) 3/14 NA S Con Res 70 Concurrent Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 44) 3/13 NA S Amdt 4309 to S Con Res 70 Restriction of Federal Assistance Based on Compliance with Federal Immigration Laws Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 40) 3/13 NA S Amdt 4259 Immigration Enforcement and Employer Sanctions Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 45) 3/13 NA S Amdt 4231 Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 37) 3/13 NA S Amdt 4207 to S Con Res 70 Amendment on Certain Energy-Related Programs, Including the Development of Oil Shale and Offshore Natural Gas Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51) 3/13 NA H Amdt 972 Substitute Amendment for the House Budget Resolution Amendment Rejected - House (157 - 263) 3/13 NA S Amdt 4347 Earmark Moratorium Motion Rejected - Senate (29 - 71) 3/13 NA S Amdt 4329 to S Con Res 70 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 H Con Res 312 Concurrent Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House (212 - 207) 3/11 NA HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Veto Override Failed - House (225 - 188) 3/11 NA H Res 1031 Establishment of the Office of Congressional Ethics Resolution Passed - House (229 - 182) 3/06 NA HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 13) 3/05 NA HR 1424 Mental Health Coverage Bill Bill Passed - House (268 - 148) 2/27 NA HR 5351 Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (236 - 182) 2/26 NA S Amdt 3896 Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 42) 2/26 NA S 1200 Health Care for Indigenous Peoples Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 10) 2/25 NA S Amdt 4070 Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership Amendment Adopted - Senate (78 - 11) 2/14 NA H Res 982 Contempt Charges Resolution Passed - House (223 - 32) 2/13 NA HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 45) 2/12 NA S Amdt 3907 Striking Telecommunications Companies' Civil Immunity for Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate (31 - 67) 2/12 NA S Amdt 3910 FISA as Exclusive Means for Conducting Electronic Surveillance Amendment Rejected - Senate (57 - 41) 2/12 NA S 2248 FISA Amendments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 29) 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) 2/07 NA HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Bill Passed - House (354 - 58) 1/29 NA HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - House (385 - 35) 1/23 NA HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Veto Override Failed - House (260 - 152) 1/22 NA HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 3) 1/16 NA HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - House (369 - 46) 1/16 NA HR 2768 S-MINER Act Bill Passed - House (214 - 199)

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.