Key Votes

2009 National Key Votes

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12/24 NA HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39) 12/23 NA HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cloture Invoked - Senate (60 - 39) 12/16 NA HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 212) 11/05 NA HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (403 - 12) 10/27 NA HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Cloture Invoked - Senate (87 - 13) 9/22 NA HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House (331 - 83) 3/19 NA HR 1586 TARP Recipient Bonuses Tax Bill Passed - House (328 - 93) 2/13 NA HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Conference Report Adopted - House (246 - 183) 2/13 NA HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 38) 2/10 NA HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37) 2/06 NA S Amdt 538 Tax Credit Substitute Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (35 - 61) 2/03 NA S Amdt 109 Hollywood Productions Tax Credit Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 45) 1/28 NA HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Bill Passed - House (244 - 188)

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.