Key Votes

2011 National Key Votes

State
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12/20 NA HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (229 - 193) 12/17 NA S Amdt 1465 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Amendment Adopted - Senate (89 - 10) 12/14 NA S J Res 10 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Hatch Bill) Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 53) 12/14 NA S J Res 24 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Udall Bill) Amendment Rejected - Senate (21 - 79) 12/13 NA HR 3630 Reduces Payroll Taxes and Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House (234 - 193) 12/01 NA S 1917 Extends Payroll Tax Cut and Establishes Tax on Income Over $1 Million Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 49) 12/01 NA S 1931 Reduces Payroll Tax Rate Motion Rejected - Senate (20 - 78) 11/10 NA S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 56) 11/03 NA S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 49) 10/27 NA HR 2576 Requires Inclusion of Social Security Benefits in Calculation of Modified Adjusted Gross Income Bill Passed - House (262 - 157) 10/11 NA S 1660 American Jobs Act of 2011 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 49) 6/14 NA S Amdt 436 Repeals the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (40 - 59) 5/17 NA S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws Motion Rejected - Senate (52 - 48) 2/02 NA S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Motion Agreed - Senate (81 - 17) 2/02 NA S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)

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.