Key Votes

2009 National Key Votes

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4/28 NA PN 188 Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services Nomination Confirmed - Senate (65 - 31) 1/26 NA PN 64-06 Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury Nomination Confirmed - Senate (60 - 34) 8/06 NA PN 506-111 Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate (68 - 31) 11/19 NA PN 187-111 David F. Hamilton, Seventh Circuit Judge Nomination Confirmed - Senate (59 - 39) 12/23 NA HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cloture Invoked - Senate (60 - 39) 10/21 NA S 1776 Eliminating Adjustments to Medicare Rates of Payment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (47 - 53) 12/08 NA S Amdt 2962 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services Amendment Tabled - Senate (54 - 45) 2/06 NA S Amdt 538 Tax Credit Substitute Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate (35 - 61) 11/07 NA H Amdt 509 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 194) 11/07 NA H Amdt 510 Substitute Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 258) 7/08 NA S Amdt 1399 Requiring Completion of Reinforced Border Fencing Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 44) 10/01 NA Amdt 2575 U.S. Military Commanders to Testify Before Congress Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59) 10/06 NA S Amdt 2588 Prohibiting Federal Funding of Mandatory Arbitration Contracts Amendment Adopted - Senate (68 - 30) 12/22 NA S Amdt 3276 Senate Health Care Bill Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 39) 10/07 NA H Res 805 Removing Rep. Charles Rangel as Chairman of House Committee on Ways and Means Motion Agreed - House (246 - 153) 7/22 NA S Amdt 1618 Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines Amendment Rejected - Senate (58 - 39) 5/12 NA S Amdt 1067 Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks Amendment Adopted - Senate (67 - 29) 2/03 NA S Amdt 109 Hollywood Productions Tax Credit Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 45) 2/04 NA S Amdt 279 Removing the Buy American Clause Amendment Rejected - Senate (31 - 65) 3/31 NA S Amdt 739 Public Debt Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54) 12/03 NA S Amdt 2791 Preventive Services Coverage Requirements Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 39) 12/15 NA S Amdt 2793 Authorizing Importation of Prescription Drugs Amendment Rejected - Senate (51 - 48) 9/14 NA Amdt 2355 Prohibiting Funding for ACORN Amendment Adopted - Senate (83 - 7) 9/17 NA HR 3221 Prohibiting Federal Assistance to ACORN Motion Agreed - House (345 - 75) 6/16 NA HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (226 - 202) 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) 10/29 NA HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (72 - 28) 10/22 NA HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (68 - 29) 10/08 NA HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (281 - 146) 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) 4/29 NA S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (233 - 193) 4/29 NA S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (53 - 43) 5/20 NA HR 627 Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (279 - 147) 3/25 NA HR 146 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (285 - 140) 12/16 NA HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 212) 3/19 NA HR 146 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 20) 1/29 NA HR 2 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 32) 12/24 NA HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39) 7/30 NA HR 2749 Food Safety Regulation Amendments Bill Passed - House (283 - 142) 1/09 NA HR 12 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (256 - 163) 1/14 NA HR 2 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion Bill Passed - House (289 - 139) 1/15 NA S J Res 5 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (42 - 52) 1/15 NA S 22 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 21) 1/21 NA HR 384 Oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program Bill Passed - House (260 - 166) 1/22 NA S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 36) 1/22 NA H J Res 3 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Passed - House (270 - 155) 1/27 NA S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Bill Passed - House (250 - 177) 2/26 NA S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37) 3/05 NA HR 1106 Mortgage Restructuring In Bankruptcy Bill Passed - House (234 - 191) 3/11 NA S 22 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Bill Failed - House (282 - 144) 3/19 NA HR 1586 TARP Recipient Bonuses Tax Bill Passed - House (328 - 93) 4/29 NA HR 1913 Hate Crimes Expansion Bill Passed - House (249 - 175) 6/09 NA HR 2751 Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act Bill Passed - House (298 - 119) 6/26 NA HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade") Bill Passed - House (219 - 212) 7/21 NA S Amdt 1469 Repealing Funding for F-22 Aircraft Procurement Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 40) 1/09 NA HR 11 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (247 - 171) 7/31 NA HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - House (316 - 109) 8/06 NA HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37) 9/15 NA H Res 744 Resolution of Disapproval of Representative Joe Wilson's Conduct Resolution Passed - House (240 - 179) 9/17 NA HR 3221 Prohibiting Federal Assistance to ACORN Bill Passed - House (253 - 171) 11/07 NA HR 3962 Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (220 - 215) 11/19 NA HR 3961 Revising Medicare Physician Fee Schedules and Reinstatement of PAYGO Bill Passed - House (243 - 183) 12/03 NA HR 4154 Estate Tax Law Amendments and Reinstatement of PAYGO Bill Passed - House (225 - 200) 12/11 NA HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Bill Passed - House (223 - 202) 12/16 NA HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - House (218 - 214) 12/24 NA HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39) 10/20 NA HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (79 - 19) 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) 11/05 NA HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (403 - 12) 9/30 NA HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (62 - 38) 2/13 NA HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Conference Report Adopted - House (246 - 183) 10/15 NA HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Conference Report Adopted - House (307 - 114) 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) 9/25 NA HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (217 - 190) 2/13 NA HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 38) 3/31 NA HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (275 - 149) 10/27 NA HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Cloture Invoked - Senate (87 - 13) 6/11 NA HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 17) 3/26 NA HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 19) 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) 3/18 NA HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion Bill Passed - House (321 - 105) 2/26 NA HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill Bill Passed - House (245 - 178) 4/02 NA HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (298 - 112) 9/22 NA HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House (331 - 83)

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.