Key Votes

2010 National Key Votes

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12/22 NA HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (206 - 60) 12/22 NA Treaty Doc. 111-5 Treaty with Russia to Reduce and Limit Offensive Arms Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate (71 - 26) 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) 12/21 NA HR 2751 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (215 - 144) 12/18 NA HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 31) 12/17 NA HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (277 - 148) 12/17 NA HR 5510 Aiding Those Facing Foreclosure Act Bill Failed - House (210 - 145) 12/16 NA H Amdt 786 Amending the Estate Tax Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233) 12/15 NA HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (81 - 19) 12/15 NA HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (250 - 175) 12/09 NA HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 42) 12/08 NA HR 6495 Mine Safety Act Bill Failed - House (214 - 193) 12/08 NA HR 5281 DREAM Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (216 - 198) 12/08 NA S 3991 Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 43) 12/08 NA S 3985 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45) 12/08 NA HR 5987 Seniors Protection Act Bill Failed - House (254 - 153) 12/04 NA S Amdt 4727 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 36) 12/04 NA S Amdt 4728 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $1 Million Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 37) 12/02 NA HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (234 - 188) 12/02 NA H Res 1737 Censure for Representative Charles Rangel Resolution Passed - House (333 - 79) 11/30 NA S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks Motion Rejected - Senate (39 - 56) 11/30 NA S 510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 25) 11/18 NA HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies Concurrence Vote Passed - House (254 - 152) 11/18 NA HR 6419 Extension of Certain Unemployment Benefits Bill Failed - House (258 - 154) 11/17 NA HR 3808 Requiring Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Veto Override Failed - House (185 - 235) 11/17 NA S 3772 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 41) 9/30 NA HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (228 - 194) 9/29 NA S J Res 39 Disapproving Rule for "Grandfathered Health Plans" Motion Rejected - Senate (40 - 59) 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) 9/28 NA S 3816 Tax Law Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45) 9/23 NA HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (237 - 187) 9/23 NA HR 4823 Establishing Sedona-Red Rock National Scenic Area Bill Failed - House (258 - 160) 9/23 NA HR 5110 Expanding Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Bill Failed - House (244 - 174) 9/23 NA S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (59 - 39) 9/22 NA HR 3470 Infant Mortality Pilot Programs Bill Passed - House (324 - 64) 9/21 NA S 3454 2010-2011 Defense Authorizations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 43) 9/16 NA HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 38) 9/16 NA HR 4785 Authorizing Loans for Energy Efficiency Purposes Bill Passed - House (240 - 172) 9/14 NA S Amdt 4596 Repealing Business Transaction Reporting Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (46 - 52) 9/14 NA S Amdt 4595 Business Transaction Reporting Requirement Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42) 8/10 NA HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (247 - 161) 8/05 NA PN 1768 Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 37) 8/05 NA HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (61 - 39) 7/30 NA H Amdt 773 Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards Amendment Adopted - House (216 - 195) 7/30 NA HR 5851 "Whistleblower Protection" for Offshore Oil Workers Bill Passed - House (315 - 93) 7/30 NA HR 3534 Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (209 - 193) 7/30 NA HR 5982 Tax Law Amendments Bill Failed - House (241 - 154) 7/29 NA S Amdt 4519 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 42) 7/28 NA HR 5827 Exempting Guns from an Estate for Bankruptcy Purposes Bill Passed - House (307 - 113) 7/27 NA HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (308 - 114) 7/27 NA H Con Res 301 Directing the President to Remove Armed Forces from Pakistan Joint Resolution Failed - House (38 - 372) 7/27 NA S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 41) 7/22 NA HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House (272 - 152) 7/21 NA HR 725 Tribal Law Enforcement Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (326 - 92) 7/21 NA HR 4380 Temporary Tariff Suspensions and Reductions Bill Passed - House (378 - 43) 7/21 NA HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (59 - 39) 7/20 NA HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate (60 - 40) 7/15 NA HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 39) 7/15 NA HR 5114 Flood Insurance Program Extension Bill Passed - House (329 - 90) 7/01 NA H Res 1500 Deeming Supplemental Military Appropriations Passed and Allowing Divided Question Bill Passed - House (215 - 210) 7/01 NA HR 5618 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - House (270 - 153) 7/01 NA HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House (162 - 260) 7/01 NA HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House (100 - 321) 7/01 NA HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Passed - House (239 - 182) 6/30 NA HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - House (237 - 192) 6/24 NA HR 5175 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Bill Passed - House (219 - 206) 6/17 NA HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (241 - 182) 6/10 NA H Amdt 686 Limiting Federal Housing Administration Mortgage Issuance Amendment Rejected - House (106 - 316) 6/10 NA H Amdt 684 Increasing Minimum Down Payment for Federal Housing Administration Mortgages Amendment Rejected - House (131 - 289) 6/10 NA H Amdt 688 Limiting Principal Obligation Amounts of Federal Housing Administration Mortgages Amendment Rejected - House (121 - 301) 6/10 NA S J Res 26 Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 53) 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) 5/28 NA HR 5136 2010-2011 Defense Appropriation Authorizations Bill Passed - House (229 - 186) 5/28 NA HR 5116 Science and Technology Funding Bill Passed - House (262 - 150) 5/28 NA HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (215 - 204) 5/27 NA S Amdt 4204 Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable Amendment Rejected - Senate (18 - 80) 5/27 NA H Amdt 672 Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" After Military Review and Certification Amendment Adopted - House (234 - 194) 5/27 NA H Amdt 661 Removing Funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's Alternate Engine Program Amendment Rejected - House (193 - 231) 5/27 NA S Amdt 4214 National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 46) 5/27 NA HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (67 - 28) 5/19 NA S Amdt 3746 Allowing States to Limit Credit Card Interest Rates Amendment Rejected - Senate (35 - 60) 5/19 NA HR 5325 Science and Technology Funding Bill Failed - House (261 - 148) 5/18 NA S Amdt 4114 Credit Default Swap Regulations Amendment Tabled - Senate (57 - 38) 5/18 NA S Amdt 4071 Amending State Authority to Enforce Consumer Financial Regulations Amendment Adopted - Senate (80 - 18) 5/18 NA S Amdt 4034 Federal Preemption Over State Consumer Financial Laws Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55) 5/18 NA S Amdt 4051 Prohibiting Funding of State and Local Governments to Prevent Defaulting on Debt Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 50) 5/18 NA S Amdt 4072 Inspector General Appointment Modification Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 21) 5/13 NA S Amdt 3832 Establishing Bankruptcy Process for Non-bank Financial Institutions Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 58) 5/13 NA S Amdt 3991 Credit Rating Agency Board Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 35) 5/13 NA S Amdt 3989 Debit Card Fee Regulations Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 33) 5/13 NA S Amdt 3987 Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Termination Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 55) 5/12 NA S Amdt 3955 Establishing New Mortgage Underwriting Requirements and Eliminating a Risk Retention Requirement Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 57) 5/12 NA S Amdt 3816 Derivatives Regulation Modifications Amendment Rejected - Senate (39 - 59) 5/12 NA S Amdt 3962 Home Loan Regulation Modifications Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 36) 5/11 NA S Amdt 3938 Study on Ending the Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 36) 5/11 NA S Amdt 3760 Federal Reserve Audit Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 62) 5/11 NA S Amdt 3839 Termination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conservatorships Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56) 5/06 NA S Amdt 3826 Consumer Financial Protection Division Within The FDIC Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 61) 5/06 NA HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies Bill Failed - House (268 - 147) 4/27 NA HR 5146 Prohibiting 2010- 2011 Congressional Cost-of-Living Pay Increase Bill Passed - House (402 - 15) 4/15 NA HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House (289 - 112) 4/15 NA HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 38) 3/25 NA HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 207) 3/25 NA HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 43) 3/21 NA HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (219 - 212) 3/21 NA HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - House (220 - 211) 3/17 NA HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (68 - 29) 3/10 NA HR 4213 Extending Unemployment Benefits and Certain Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36) 3/04 NA HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 201) 3/03 NA S Amdt 3353 Payment to Social Security Recipients Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 50) 2/26 NA HR 2701 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 Bill Passed - House (235 - 168) 2/24 NA HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (70 - 28) 2/22 NA HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Cloture Invoked - Senate (62 - 30) 2/09 NA PN 1351-111 Craig Becker, Member of the National Labor Relations Board Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 33) 2/04 NA HJR 45 Reinstating PAYGO Budget Rule Motion Agreed - House (233 - 187) 1/28 NA PN 959-111 Ben S. Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Nomination Confirmed - Senate (70 - 30) 1/28 NA HJR 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 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.