Key Votes

2010 National Government Budget and Spending Key Votes

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12/21 NA HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (193 - 165) 12/21 NA HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (79 - 16) 11/30 NA S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks Motion Rejected - Senate (39 - 56) 9/30 NA HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (228 - 194) 9/29 NA HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 30) 9/29 NA S Amdt 4676 Reducing "Continuing Appropriation" Amounts by 5 Percent Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51) 7/27 NA HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (308 - 114) 7/01 NA HR 4899 Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (239 - 182) 6/09 NA S Amdt 4326 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 41) 6/09 NA S Amdt 4302 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (38 - 61) 5/27 NA HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (67 - 28) 5/18 NA S Amdt 4051 Prohibiting Funding of State and Local Governments to Prevent Defaulting on Debt Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 50) 5/11 NA S Amdt 3839 Termination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conservatorships Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56) 2/04 NA H J Res 45 Reinstating PAYGO Budget Rule Motion Agreed - House (233 - 187) 1/28 NA H J Res 45 Increasing the Public Debt Limit and Reinstating PAYGO Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39) 1/26 NA S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Amendment Rejected - Senate (53 - 46) 1/21 NA S Amdt 3301 Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program Amendment Rejected - Senate (53 - 45)

About the Selection and Description of Key Votes

Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. 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

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