Key Votes

2013 National Key Votes

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12/18 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (64 - 36) 12/12 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (332 - 94) 12/11 NA HR 2019 Kids First Research Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (295 - 103) 12/05 NA H Amdt 524 Limits Covered Customers to Businesses With Less Than $25 Million in Revenue Amendment Rejected - House (144 - 266) 12/05 NA H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 213) 12/05 NA HR 3309 Innovation Act Bill Passed - House (325 - 91) 12/04 NA HR 1105 Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 159) 11/21 NA S 1197 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 44) 11/21 NA H Amdt 513 Removes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Permit Issuance Requirement Amendment Rejected - House (184 - 233) 11/21 NA H Amdt 512 Requires Natural Gas Pipeline Applications to Include Certain Information Amendment Rejected - House (183 - 233) 11/21 NA H Amdt 515 Prohibits the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act from Taking Effect During the Sequester Amendment Rejected - House (175 - 243) 11/21 NA HR 1900 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Bill Passed - House (252 - 165) 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 H Amdt 498 Specifies That Certain Fees Do Not Limit the Right to Petition Amendment Rejected - House (199 - 222) 11/20 NA H Amdt 504 Appropriates $10 Million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 226) 11/20 NA H Amdt 503 Requires a Report on the Effect of Flooding on Oil and Gas Facilities Amendment Rejected - House (202 - 221) 11/20 NA H Amdt 499 Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to Require Certain Findings for Categorical Exclusions Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 228) 11/20 NA HR 2728 Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 187) 11/20 NA HR 1965 Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 192) 11/19 NA S Amdt 2175 Authorizes the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to the United States Amendment Rejected - Senate (52 - 46) 11/19 NA S Amdt 2255 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55) 11/15 NA HR 3350 Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (261 - 157) 11/14 NA HR 2655 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (228 - 195) 11/13 NA HR 982 Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (221 - 199) 11/07 NA S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 32) 11/07 NA S Amdt 2013 Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55) 11/04 NA S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Cloture Invoked - Senate (61 - 30) 10/30 NA H J Res 99 Disapproval of the President's Exercise of Authority to Suspend the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House (222 - 191) 10/30 NA HR 992 Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act Bill Passed - House (292 - 122) 10/29 NA S J Res 26 A Joint Resolution Relating to the Disapproval of the President's Exercise of Authority to Suspend the Debt Limit, as Submitted Under Section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 on October 17, 2013 Motion Rejected - Senate (45 - 54) 10/29 NA HR 2374 Retail Investor Protection Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 166) 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) 10/12 NA S 1569 Default Prevention Act of 2013 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45) 10/11 NA H J Res 76 National Nuclear Security Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - House (248 - 176) 10/10 NA H J Res 79 Border Security and Enforcement Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (249 - 175) 10/09 NA H J Res 90 Federal Aviation Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (252 - 172) 10/08 NA H J Res 84 Head Start Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (248 - 168) 10/07 NA H J Res 77 Food and Drug Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (235 - 162) 10/04 NA H J Res 85 Federal Emergency Management Agency Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (247 - 164) 10/04 NA H J Res 75 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (244 - 164) 10/03 NA HR 3230 Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act Bill Passed - House (265 - 160) 10/01 NA H J Res 70 National Park Service Operations, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House (252 - 176) 10/01 NA H J Res 72 Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House (264 - 164) 10/01 NA H J Res 71 District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House (265 - 163) 9/30 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Motion Agreed - Senate (54 - 46) 9/30 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (228 - 201) 9/30 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Motion Agreed - Senate (54 - 46) 9/29 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (248 - 174) 9/27 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44) 9/20 NA HR 1526 Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act Bill Passed - House (244 - 173) 9/20 NA H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House (230 - 189) 9/18 NA H Amdt 463 Amends the Definition of "Strategic and Critical Minerals" Amendment Rejected - House (187 - 241) 9/18 NA H Amdt 466 Requires Mine Operators to Include the Cost of Cleanup in Financial Insurance Amendment Rejected - House (191 - 235) 9/18 NA HR 761 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (246 - 178) 9/12 NA HR 2775 No Subsidies Without Verification Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 191) 8/02 NA H Amdt 448 Requires Congressional Approval Prior to Establishing a Tax on Carbon Emissions Amendment Adopted - House (237 - 176) 8/02 NA H Amdt 450 Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Amendment Adopted - House (227 - 185) 8/02 NA HR 2009 Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (232 - 185) 8/02 NA HR 367 Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (232 - 183) 8/01 NA HR 2879 Stop Government Abuse Act Bill Passed - House (239 - 176) 8/01 NA HR 1582 Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (232 - 181) 7/25 NA HR 2218 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (265 - 155) 7/24 NA HR 1911 Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 18) 7/24 NA H Amdt 413 Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the PATRIOT Act Amendment Rejected - House (205 - 217) 7/24 NA S Amdt 1778 Limits Interest Rates for Certain Federal Student Loans Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53) 7/24 NA HR 2397 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 Bill Passed - House (315 - 109) 7/23 NA H Amdt 375 Prohibits the Use of Funds to Appoint Chaplains Without an Endorsing Agency Amendment Adopted - House (253 - 173) 7/17 NA HR 2667 Authority for Mandate Delay Act Bill Passed - House (264 - 161) 7/17 NA HR 2668 Fairness for American Families Act Bill Passed - House (251 - 174) 7/11 NA HR 2642 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (216 - 208) 6/28 NA HR 2231 Offshore Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 186) 6/27 NA S 744 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 32) 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) 6/20 NA H Amdt 227 Amends the Federal Sugar Program Amendment Rejected - House (206 - 221) 6/20 NA HR 1947 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Bill Failed - House (195 - 234) 6/19 NA H Amdt 176 Restores $20.5 Billion in Appropriations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Amendment Rejected - House (188 - 234) 6/18 NA S Amdt 1228 Requires US-VISIT System to be Established at Every Port of Entry Amendment Rejected - Senate (36 - 58) 6/18 NA S Amdt 1197 Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border Amendment Rejected - Senate (39 - 54) 6/18 NA HR 1797 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 196) 6/14 NA HR 1960 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Bill Passed - House (315 - 108) 6/14 NA H Amdt 167 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to Yemen Amendment Adopted - House (236 - 188) 6/14 NA HR 1960 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Motion Rejected - House (194 - 225) 6/14 NA H Amdt 168 Establishes Framework for the Closing of the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 1, 2014 Amendment Rejected - House (174 - 249) 6/11 NA S 744 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Cloture Invoked - Senate (82 - 15) 6/10 NA S 954 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 27) 6/06 NA S 953 Student Loan Affordability Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 46) 6/06 NA S 1003 Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (40 - 57) 6/06 NA H Amdt 136 Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order Amendment Adopted - House (224 - 201) 6/06 NA HR 2217 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 Bill Passed - House (245 - 182) 6/05 NA H Amdt 121 Delays National Flood Insurance Premiums Increases Amendment Adopted - House (281 - 146) 6/04 NA H Amdt 84 Authorizes Funds for the Construction of United States Prison for Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Amendment Rejected - House (170 - 254) 5/23 NA S Amdt 953 Limits Subsidy Payments for Individuals with Incomes More Than $750,000 Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 33) 5/23 NA S Amdt 923 Prohibits the Payment of the Premium for an Insurance Policy For Tobacco Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 52) 5/23 NA HR 1911 Smarter Solutions for Students Act Bill Passed - House (221 - 198) 5/22 NA H Amdt 67 Requires a Finding be Added Concerning Oil Sand Crudes Amendment Rejected - House (146 - 269) 5/22 NA H Amdt 72 Increases Time to File a Claim Under the Northern Route Approval Act from 60 Days to 1 Year Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 234) 5/22 NA H Amdt 75 Requires All Oil and Refined Fuels Transported Through the Keystone XL Pipeline to be Used Only in The United States Amendment Rejected - House (162 - 255) 5/22 NA H Amdt 71 Repeals Requirement that Secretary of the Army Approve All Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Applications Amendment Rejected - House (182 - 234) 5/22 NA H Amdt 69 Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 239) 5/22 NA HR 3 Northern Route Approval Act Bill Passed - House (241 - 175) 5/17 NA HR 1062 SEC Regulatory Accountability Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 161) 5/16 NA HR 45 Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 Bill Passed - House (229 - 195) 5/09 NA HR 807 Full Faith and Credit Act Bill Passed - House (221 - 207) 5/08 NA HR 1406 Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (223 - 204) 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) 4/18 NA HR 624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Bill Passed - House (288 - 127) 4/17 NA S Amdt 719 Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms Amendment Rejected - Senate (57 - 43) 4/17 NA S Amdt 714 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 54) 4/17 NA S Amdt 715 Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 46) 4/17 NA S Amdt 711 Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 60) 4/15 NA HR 249 Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2013 Bill Failed - House (250 - 159) 4/12 NA HR 1120 Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act Bill Passed - House (219 - 209) 3/23 NA S Amdt 139 Prohibits the United States From Entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 46) 3/23 NA S Con Res 8 An Original Concurrent Resolution Setting Forth the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2014, Revising the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Year 2013, and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2015 Through 2023 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (50 - 49) 3/21 NA HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (318 - 109) 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) 3/20 NA HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 26) 3/15 NA HR 803 Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (SKILLS Act) Bill Passed - House (215 - 202) 3/14 NA S Amdt 66 Temporarily Prohibits the Hiring of Nonessential Federal Employees Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 54) 3/13 NA S Amdt 30 To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry Out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 52) 3/13 NA HR 890 Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (246 - 181) 3/07 NA PN 48 Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 34) 3/06 NA HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - House (267 - 151) 2/28 NA S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (286 - 138) 2/28 NA H Amdt 23 Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act Amendment Rejected - House (166 - 257) 2/26 NA PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate (58 - 41) 2/26 NA PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Invoked - Senate (71 - 27) 2/15 NA HR 273 Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees Bill Passed - House (261 - 154) 2/14 NA PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 40) 2/12 NA S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 22) 1/31 NA HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34) 1/28 NA HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36) 1/23 NA HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House (285 - 144) 1/15 NA H Amdt 4 Offsets Cost of Disaster Relief Appropriations Through Discretionary Budget Cuts Amendment Rejected - House (162 - 258) 1/15 NA HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - House (241 - 180) 1/01 NA HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (257 - 167) 1/01 NA HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 8) 1/01 NA HR 6726 Congressional Pay Freeze and Fiscal Responsibility Act Bill Passed - House (287 - 129)

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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:

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