Key Votes

2009 National Key Votes

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12/24 NA HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39) 12/16 NA HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - House (218 - 214) 12/13 NA HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (57 - 35) 12/10 NA HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (221 - 202) 10/29 NA HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (72 - 28) 10/29 NA HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (247 - 178) 10/08 NA HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22) 10/07 NA HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - House (263 - 162) 9/30 NA HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (62 - 38) 9/25 NA HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (217 - 190) 8/06 NA HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37) 7/31 NA HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - House (316 - 109) 6/16 NA HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (226 - 202) 4/29 NA S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (53 - 43) 4/29 NA S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (233 - 193) 3/31 NA S Amdt 739 Public Debt Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54) 3/19 NA HR 1586 TARP Recipient Bonuses Tax Bill Passed - House (328 - 93) 2/26 NA HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill Bill Passed - House (245 - 178) 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) 1/28 NA HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Bill Passed - House (244 - 188) 1/26 NA PN 64-06 Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury Nomination Confirmed - Senate (60 - 34) 1/22 NA H J Res 3 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Passed - House (270 - 155) 1/15 NA S J Res 5 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (42 - 52)

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.