Key Votes

2011 National Key Votes

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12/20 NA HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (229 - 193) 12/17 NA HR 2055 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (67 - 32) 12/17 NA S Amdt 1465 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Amendment Adopted - Senate (89 - 10) 12/16 NA HR 2055 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House (296 - 121) 12/15 NA HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (86 - 13) 12/14 NA HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House (283 - 136) 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) 12/08 NA HR 1633 Limits Regulation of Farm Dust Bill Passed - House (268 - 150) 12/07 NA HR 10 Congressional Approval of Regulations Bill Passed - House (241 - 184) 12/06 NA PN 5 Nomination of Caitlin Joan Halligan to the District of Columbia Circuit Court Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 45) 12/02 NA HR 3010 Establishes Additional Requirements for Regulatory Agencies Bill Passed - House (253 - 167) 12/01 NA S 1931 Reduces Payroll Tax Rate Motion Rejected - Senate (20 - 78) 12/01 NA S Amdt 1274 Authorizes Further Detention After Trial During Wartime Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 59) 12/01 NA S Amdt 1126 Prohibits Detention of U.S. Citizens Without Trial Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55) 12/01 NA S Amdt 1125 Limits New Detention Rules to Prisoners Captured Outside the U.S. Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55) 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 HR 527 Increases Requirements for Agencies that Promulgate Regulations Affecting Small Businesses Bill Passed - House (263 - 159) 12/01 NA HR 3463 Repeals Taxpayer Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns Bill Passed - House (235 - 190) 11/30 NA HR 3094 Labor Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (235 - 188) 11/29 NA S Amdt 1064 Repeals Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Amendment Rejected - Senate (30 - 67) 11/29 NA S Amdt 1107 Removes Provisions Requiring Military Custody of al-Qaeda Suspects Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 60) 11/29 NA HR 3012 Repeals Certain Green Cards Limitations Bill Passed - House (389 - 15) 11/18 NA H J Res 2 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Joint Resolution Failed - House (261 - 165) 11/17 NA HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration Conference Report Adopted - Senate (70 - 30) 11/17 NA HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration Conference Report Adopted - House (298 - 121) 11/16 NA HR 822 Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms Bill Passed - House (272 - 154) 11/10 NA S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 56) 11/10 NA S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 52) 11/10 NA S J Res 27 Disapproval of EPA Cross-Border Pollution Rule Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 56) 11/03 NA S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 49) 11/03 NA S 1786 Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 53) 11/03 NA H Amdt 849 Requires Public Disclosure of Bonuses and Golden Parachute Arrangements Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 234) 11/03 NA H Amdt 853 Requires Crowdfunding Intermediaries to Disclose Methods of Compensation to Investors Amendment Rejected - House (189 - 234) 11/03 NA HR 2930 Authorizes Crowdfunding for Small Businesses Bill Passed - House (407 - 17) 11/01 NA H Con Res 13 Encourages Display of "In God We Trust" in Public Buildings and Schools Joint Resolution Passed - House (396 - 9) 10/27 NA HR 2576 Requires Inclusion of Social Security Benefits in Calculation of Modified Adjusted Gross Income Bill Passed - House (262 - 157) 10/26 NA HR 1904 Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House (235 - 186) 10/21 NA S Amdt 753 Prohibits the Use of Funds for Prosecution of Enemy Combatants in Civilian Courts Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 52) 10/21 NA S Amdt 791 Limits Farm Subsidies to Individuals with Incomes Under $1 million Amendment Adopted - Senate (84 - 15) 10/20 NA S Amdt 769 Authorizes Individuals to Import FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55) 10/18 NA S Amdt 740 Repeals Funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 55) 10/14 NA HR 2273 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act Bill Passed - House (267 - 144) 10/13 NA HR 358 Amends Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to Prohibit Abortion Coverage Bill Passed - House (251 - 172) 10/12 NA HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 22) 10/12 NA HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 33) 10/12 NA HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 15) 10/12 NA HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Bill Passed - House (300 - 129) 10/12 NA HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Bill Passed - House (278 - 151) 10/12 NA HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Bill Passed - House (262 - 167) 10/11 NA S 1660 American Jobs Act of 2011 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 49) 10/11 NA S 1619 Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011 Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 35) 10/06 NA HR 2681 Repeals EPA Emissions Regulations for Cement Manufacturers Bill Passed - House (262 - 161) 10/04 NA HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (352 - 66) 9/26 NA HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (79 - 12) 9/23 NA HR 2608 Stopgap Spending and Disaster Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House (219 - 203) 9/23 NA S Amdt 655 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 36) 9/23 NA H Amdt 799 Suspends Cross State Air Pollution Rule Amendment Adopted - House (234 - 188) 9/23 NA H Amdt 800 Requires the EPA to Consider Costs and Feasibility of Air Quality Standards Amendment Adopted - House (227 - 192) 9/22 NA S Amdt 634 Sale of F-16 Aircraft to Taiwan Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 48) 9/22 NA S Amdt 633 Extends Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Adopted - Senate (69 - 28) 9/21 NA HR 2608 Stopgap Spending and Disaster Relief Concurrence Vote Failed - House (195 - 230) 9/21 NA S Amdt 625 Reducing and Extending Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53) 9/21 NA S Amdt 642 Modifies Eligibility Requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 57) 9/21 NA S Amdt 641 Requires Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance to be Contingent Upon Ratification of Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Korea and Panama Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54) 9/21 NA S Amdt 645 Repeals the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54) 9/15 NA S Amdt 602 Emergency Disaster Relief Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 37) 9/15 NA S Amdt 613 Reducing Appropriations for Foreign Assistance Programs Amendment Rejected - Senate (20 - 78) 9/15 NA HR 2587 National Labor Relations Board Prohibitions Bill Passed - House (238 - 186) 9/14 NA H J Res 77 Disapproval of the President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House (232 - 186) 9/08 NA HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 9) 8/02 NA S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (74 - 26) 8/01 NA S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House (269 - 161) 7/31 NA S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Reid Bill) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 49) 7/29 NA S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill) Bill Tabled - Senate (59 - 41) 7/29 NA S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill) Bill Passed - House (218 - 210) 7/27 NA H Amdt 735 Repeals Laws that Limited Funding for the Endangered Species Act Amendment Adopted - House (224 - 202) 7/22 NA HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011 Bill Tabled - Senate (51 - 46) 7/22 NA HR 2551 2011-2012 Congressional Budget Bill Passed - House (252 - 159) 7/21 NA HR 1315 Oversight of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Bill Passed - House (241 - 173) 7/20 NA HR 2553 Airport and Airway Extension Act Bill Passed - House (243 - 177) 7/19 NA HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House (234 - 190) 7/13 NA HR 2018 Amending Clean Water Laws Bill Passed - House (239 - 184) 7/12 NA HR 2417 Repeals Energy Efficiency Standards for Incandescent Light Bulbs Motion Rejected - House (233 - 193) 6/24 NA H J Res 68 Authorizes Limited Use of US Armed Forces in Libya Joint Resolution Failed - House (123 - 295) 6/24 NA HR 2278 Limits the Use of Funds in Support of NATO Operations in Libya Bill Failed - House (180 - 238) 6/23 NA HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (304 - 117) 6/23 NA S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51) 6/22 NA HR 2021 Impact of Drilling on Air Quality Bill Passed - House (253 - 166) 6/21 NA S 782 Economic Development Revitalization Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 51) 6/14 NA S Amdt 436 Repeals the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (40 - 59) 6/13 NA H Amdt 414 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the War Powers Resolution Amendment Adopted - House (248 - 163) 6/09 NA S Amdt 390 Amending Small Business Regulations Amendment Rejected - Senate (53 - 46) 6/08 NA S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 45) 6/03 NA H Res 292 Ground Forces in Libya Resolution Passed - House (268 - 145) 6/03 NA H Con Res 51 Removing Armed Forces from Libya Joint Resolution Failed - House (148 - 265) 6/02 NA H Amdt 406 Transportation Security Administration Appropriations Amendment Adopted - House (219 - 204) 6/02 NA H Amdt 398 Prohibiting the Use of Funds for Transportation Security Administration Collective Bargaining Amendment Adopted - House (218 - 205) 6/02 NA H Amdt 385 Prohibiting Funds From Being Used in Contradiction to the War Powers Resolution Amendment Rejected - House (208 - 213) 6/02 NA HR 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House (231 - 188) 5/31 NA HR 1954 Increasing the Debt Limit Motion Rejected - House (97 - 318) 5/26 NA S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House (250 - 153) 5/26 NA S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (72 - 23) 5/25 NA H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate (40 - 57) 5/25 NA S Con Res 21 2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate (42 - 55) 5/23 NA S 1038 PATRIOT Act Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate (74 - 8) 5/18 NA S 953 Offshore Production and Safety Act Motion Rejected - Senate (42 - 57) 5/17 NA S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws Motion Rejected - Senate (52 - 48) 5/05 NA HR 1230 Offshore Leasing Act Bill Passed - House (266 - 149) 5/04 NA HR 1214 Repealing Funding for School-Based Health Center Construction Bill Passed - House (235 - 191) 5/04 NA HR 3 Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Bill Passed - House (251 - 175) 5/03 NA HR 1213 Repealing Funding for State Health Benefit Exchanges Bill Passed - House (238 - 183) 4/15 NA H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget Joint Resolution Passed - House (235 - 193) 4/14 NA HR 1473 2011 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 19) 4/14 NA HR 1473 2011 Budget Bill Passed - House (260 - 167) 4/13 NA HR 1217 Repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund Bill Passed - House (236 - 183) 4/09 NA HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (348 - 70) 4/08 NA H J Res 37 Disapproving FCC Rules Concerning Internet Providers Joint Resolution Passed - House (240 - 179) 4/07 NA HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - House (247 - 181) 4/07 NA HR 910 Energy Tax Prevention Act Bill Passed - House (255 - 172) 4/05 NA HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12) 4/01 NA H Amdt 232 Amending FAA Rulemaking Activities Amendment Adopted - House (215 - 209) 4/01 NA HR 1255 Government Shutdown Prevention Act Bill Passed - House (221 - 202) 4/01 NA HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (223 - 196) 3/30 NA HR 471 School Vouchers for Washington, D.C. Bill Passed - House (225 - 195) 3/29 NA HR 839 Terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program Bill Passed - House (252 - 170) 3/17 NA H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (87 - 13) 3/17 NA HR 1076 Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio Bill Passed - House (228 - 192) 3/17 NA H Con Res 28 Removing Troops from Afghanistan Joint Resolution Failed - House (93 - 321) 3/16 NA HR 861 Terminating the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Bill Passed - House (242 - 182) 3/15 NA H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - House (271 - 158) 3/11 NA HR 836 Terminating the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Bill Passed - House (242 - 177) 3/10 NA HR 830 Terminating the Federal Housing Administration Refinance Program Bill Passed - House (256 - 171) 3/09 NA HR 1 Continuing Appropriations Bill Failed - Senate (44 - 56) 3/09 NA S Amdt 149 Department of Defense funding and Continuing Appropriations Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 58) 3/03 NA HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (314 - 112) 3/02 NA H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (91 - 9) 3/02 NA S Amdt 115 Calling for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (58 - 40) 3/01 NA S Amdt 112 Prioritizing Payment of Public Debt Amendment Tabled - Senate (52 - 47) 3/01 NA H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - House (335 - 91) 2/19 NA H Amdt 155 Prohibits Use of Funds for Step Increase for General Schedule Employees Amendment Rejected - House (191 - 230) 2/19 NA HR 1 Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - House (235 - 189) 2/18 NA H Amdt 95 Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 185) 2/18 NA H Amdt 92 Prohibiting the Use of Federal Funds for NASCAR Sponsorships Amendment Rejected - House (148 - 281) 2/18 NA H Amdt 94 Prohibits Funds for the Gainful Employment Rule Amendment Adopted - House (289 - 136) 2/17 NA HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (279 - 143) 2/17 NA H Amdt 69 Reducing Federal Funding of the US Institute of Peace Amendment Adopted - House (268 - 163) 2/16 NA H Amdt 16 Reducing Navy and Air Force Appropriations Amendment Adopted - House (233 - 198) 2/15 NA HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - Senate (86 - 12) 2/15 NA S Amdt 21 Reducing Federal Aviation Administration Appropriations Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 47) 2/15 NA H Amdt 13 Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement Amendment Rejected - House (105 - 326) 2/15 NA S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51) 2/14 NA HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - House (275 - 144) 2/08 NA HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Failed - House (277 - 148) 2/02 NA S Amdt 13 Repealing the Federal Health Care Law Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 51) 2/02 NA S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 54) 2/02 NA S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Motion Agreed - Senate (81 - 17) 1/26 NA HR 359 Abolishing Federal Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns Bill Passed - House (239 - 160) 1/25 NA H Res 38 Reducing Spending to Fiscal Year 2008 Levels Resolution Passed - House (256 - 165) 1/19 NA HR 2 Repealing the Health Care Bill Bill Passed - House (245 - 189)

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