Key Votes

2013 National Federal, State and Local Relations Key Votes

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11/20 NA H Amdt 507 Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 230) 11/20 NA HR 2728 Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 187) 10/16 NA HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (285 - 144) 10/16 NA HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 18) 10/01 NA H J Res 71 District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House (265 - 163) 9/20 NA HR 1526 Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act Bill Passed - House (244 - 173) 9/12 NA HR 2775 No Subsidies Without Verification Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 191) 7/25 NA HR 2218 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (265 - 155) 6/28 NA HR 2231 Offshore Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 186) 6/20 NA H Amdt 231 Authorizes States to Require Federal Welfare Work Requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Amendment Adopted - House (227 - 198) 5/06 NA S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 27) 4/25 NA S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 Cloture Invoked - Senate (63 - 30) 4/17 NA S Amdt 719 Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms Amendment Rejected - Senate (57 - 43) 3/21 NA H Con Res 25 Establishing the Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2014 and Setting Forth Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2015 Through 2023 Joint Resolution Passed - House (221 - 207) 3/13 NA HR 890 Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (246 - 181)

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.