Key Votes

2012 National Key Votes

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12/28 NA HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 23) 12/21 NA HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 14) 12/20 NA HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted - House (315 - 107) 12/20 NA HR 6684 Spending Reduction Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (215 - 209) 12/04 NA Treaty Doc. 112-7 The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty Ratification Failed - Senate (61 - 38) 11/30 NA HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (245 - 139) 11/30 NA S Amdt 3025 Requires Sufficient Sizing of Civilian and Contract Services Workforces Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 53) 11/29 NA S Amdt 3096 Accelerated Transition of US Military Operations to the Government of Afghanistan Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 33) 11/29 NA S Amdt 3245 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 41) 11/29 NA S Amdt 3058 Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 29) 11/29 NA S Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents Amendment Adopted - Senate (67 - 29) 11/28 NA S Amdt 3095 Repeals the Prohibition on Biofuel Refinery Construction Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 41) 11/28 NA S Amdt 2955 Expands the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program Amendment Adopted - Senate (85 - 11) 11/28 NA S Amdt 2985 Repeals the Limit on the Use of Funds to Procure Alternative Fuel Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 37) 11/16 NA HR 6156 Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (365 - 43) 11/14 NA S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 47) 9/22 NA H J Res 117 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (62 - 30) 9/21 NA HR 3409 Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (233 - 175) 9/20 NA HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Failed - House (257 - 158) 9/20 NA H J Res 118 Congressional Disapproval of Department of Health and Human Services Rule to Waive Certain Requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) Joint Resolution Passed - House (250 - 164) 9/19 NA HR 5912 Prohibits Public Funding for Political Party Conventions Bill Passed - House (310 - 95) 9/14 NA HR 6213 No More Solyndras Act Bill Passed - House (245 - 161) 9/13 NA HR 6365 National Security and Job Protection Act Bill Passed - House (223 - 196) 9/12 NA HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (301 - 118) 8/02 NA S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 46) 8/02 NA HR 6233 Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (223 - 197) 8/02 NA HR 6169 Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (232 - 189) 8/01 NA HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (256 - 171) 7/31 NA S 679 Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House (261 - 116) 7/31 NA HR 3803 District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Failed - House (220 - 154) 7/31 NA HR 828 Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (263 - 114) 7/26 NA HR 4078 Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act Bill Passed - House (245 - 172) 7/25 NA HR 6168 President Obama's Proposed 2012-2017 Offshore Drilling Lease Sale Plan Act Bill Failed - House (164 - 261) 7/25 NA S Amdt 2573 Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2012 Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 54) 7/25 NA S 3412 Middle Class Tax Cut Act Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 48) 7/25 NA HR 459 Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (327 - 98) 7/25 NA HR 6082 Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan Bill Passed - House (253 - 170) 7/19 NA S 3364 Bring Jobs Home Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42) 7/19 NA H Amdt 1416 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House (247 - 166) 7/19 NA HR 5856 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - House (326 - 90) 7/17 NA S 3369 DISCLOSE Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45) 7/12 NA HR 4402 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (256 - 160) 7/12 NA S 2237 Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 44) 7/11 NA HR 6079 Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 Bill Passed - House (244 - 185) 6/21 NA S Amdt 2372 Prohibits the EPA from Conducting Aerial Surveillance of Agricultural Operations Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 43) 6/21 NA S Amdt 2310 Requires Labels on Foods with Genetically Modified Ingredients Amendment Rejected - Senate (26 - 73) 6/21 NA HR 4480 Domestic Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed - House (248 - 163) 6/21 NA S 3240 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 35) 6/20 NA S Amdt 2454 Prohibits Food Aid to North Korea Unless Waived by President Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 40) 6/19 NA S Amdt 2156 Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Amendment Rejected - Senate (33 - 66) 6/19 NA S Amdt 2181 Limits Farm Subsidies to Farmers with Incomes Under $250,000 Amendment Rejected - Senate (15 - 84) 6/19 NA S Amdt 2172 Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 58) 6/19 NA S Amdt 2174 Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56) 6/19 NA HR 2578 Conservation and Economic Growth Act Bill Passed - House (232 - 188) 6/13 NA S Amdt 2393 Repeals Sugar Subsidies Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 46) 6/13 NA S Amdt 2392 Reduces Funding for Food Stamps Amendment Tabled - Senate (65 - 33) 6/07 NA HR 436 Repeals Excise Tax on Medical Devices Bill Passed - House (270 - 146) 6/07 NA HR 5855 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2013 Bill Passed - House (234 - 182) 6/05 NA S 3220 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47) 5/31 NA H Amdt 1160 Project Labor Agreements Amendment Adopted - House (218 - 198) 5/31 NA HR 3541 Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012 Bill Failed - House (246 - 168) 5/24 NA S 2343 Extends Student Loan Interest Rates (Reid Bill) Bill Failed - Senate (51 - 43) 5/24 NA S Amdt 2153 Prohibits Increase in Interest Rates for Student Loans (Lamar Bill) Amendment Rejected - Senate (34 - 62) 5/24 NA S Amdt 2111 Prohibits Pharmaceutical Companies from Delaying the Release of Generic Drugs Amendment Rejected - Senate (28 - 67) 5/24 NA S Amdt 2108 Prohibits FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Fish Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 50) 5/24 NA S Amdt 2107 Authorizes Import of FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54) 5/18 NA HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Bill Passed - House (299 - 120) 5/18 NA H Amdt 1127 Repeals Indefinite Military Detention Provisions Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 238) 5/18 NA H Amdt 1140 Prohibits Reductions to Strategic Nuclear Arms Required by New START Amendment Adopted - House (238 - 162) 5/17 NA H Amdt 1103 Limits Funding for War in Afghanistan to the Withdrawal of U.S. Forces Amendment Rejected - House (113 - 303) 5/16 NA HR 4970 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (222 - 205) 5/15 NA HR 2072 Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 20) 5/10 NA HR 5652 Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (218 - 199) 5/09 NA H Amdt 1096 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention with the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House (245 - 171) 5/09 NA HR 2072 Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House (330 - 93) 5/08 NA S 2343 Extends Student Loan Interest Rates (Reid Bill) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 45) 4/27 NA HR 4628 Extending Student Loan Interest Rates Bill Passed - House (215 - 195) 4/26 NA HR 3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Bill Passed - House (248 - 168) 4/26 NA S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31) 4/25 NA S 1789 United States Postal Service Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 37) 4/19 NA HR 9 Income Tax Deduction for Small Businesses Bill Passed - House (235 - 173) 4/18 NA HR 4348 Extension of Surface Transportation Funding and Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - House (293 - 127) 4/16 NA S 2230 Establishes a Minimum 30 Percent Tax Rate for High-Income Taxpayers Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 45) 3/29 NA S 2204 Amends Energy-Related Tax Credits Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 47) 3/29 NA H Con Res 112 Limits Federal Appropriations for Fiscal Years 2013-2022 ("Ryan Budget") Joint Resolution Passed - House (228 - 191) 3/20 NA S Amdt 1836 Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 44) 3/08 NA S Amdt 1537 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 42) 3/01 NA S Amdt 1520 Authorizes Moral and Religious Objections to Certain Health Care Items and Services Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 48) 2/29 NA HR 1837 Water Resources in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Bill Passed - House (246 - 175) 2/28 NA HR 2117 Repeals Department of Education Regulations Bill Passed - House (303 - 114) 2/17 NA HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - House (293 - 132) 2/17 NA HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 36) 2/16 NA HR 3408 Authorizes Development of Oil Shale Resources Bill Passed - House (237 - 187) 2/09 NA S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - House (417 - 2) 2/08 NA HR 3521 Authorizes the President to Line-Item Veto Certain Legislation Bill Passed - House (254 - 173) 2/06 NA HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (75 - 20) 2/03 NA HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House (248 - 169) 2/03 NA HR 3578 Amends Budget Baseline Bill Passed - House (235 - 177) 2/02 NA S Amdt 1491 Requires Disclosure of Financial Transactions by Executive Branch Employees Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 41) 2/02 NA S Amdt 1472 Prohibits Consideration of Bills Containing Earmarks Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59) 2/02 NA S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3) 2/01 NA HR 3835 Extends Pay Freeze for Congress and Non-Military Federal Workers Bill Passed - House (309 - 117) 2/01 NA HR 1173 Repeals the CLASS Act Bill Passed - House (267 - 159) 1/26 NA H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 54) 1/18 NA H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House (239 - 176)

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
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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.